Nick Kyrgios has caused a stir by appearing to laugh at women’s tennis.
The Wimbledon finalist dropped in from nowhere after Aussie tennis great Rennae Stubbs on Sunday morning spoke out to promote women’s tennis following the absorbing French Open final between Iga Swiatek and Karolina Muchova on Saturday night.
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Despite the drama of Swiatek’s 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory it did not go unnoticed that fans were still desperately calling for Ash Barty to return from her retirement to give the WTA Tour the boost of a potentially epic rivalry with the world No. 1.
Swiatek claimed her third Roland Garros title and fourth career major — with all coming in the last three years — but that wasn’t enough for some fans and tennis commentators.
Stubbs, however, was focused more on the on-court rollercoaster and was clearly proud of the spectacle the Roland Garros final delivered.
“Don’t tell me women’s tennis boring! The semis were better and now this final is fantastic,”
Stubbs wrote on Twitter.
“Yes the 2nd set of Alcaraz-Joker was amazing but the match was blah and the Rudd Zverev match was BLAHHH. Thank goodness for the ladies!”
Kyrgios responded with a laughing with tears of joy emoji.
When Stubbs retorted: “Tell me where I’m wrong Nick?” — Kyrgios responded with another laughing emoji.
The 28-year-old was clearly in a laughing mood and also replied to another tweet from tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou with a laughing emoji.
Mouratoglou posted: “When was the last time we have seen a female player with such a complete tennis as Muchova?”.
Stubbs was also in a mood and was responding to other fans criticising the standard of the WTA Tour.
She responded to one Twitter user’s comment about women’s tennis needing to be a best-of-five-sets contest by writing: “We do not need best of 5!! FOR GODS SAKE! this is going to be a 3 hour match! you want 5/6 hours! NO ONE NEEDS 5 + hours…we had an almost 4 hour match in the tournament in the women’s…stop asking for more, 3 is enough. That Rudd match should have been 2 out of 3 it was so bad”.
It’s not the first time Kyrgios and Stubbs have been involved in a social media storm in a tea cup. Stubbs last year took a shot at the quickly-growing sport of pickleball. Kyrgios last year was one of many high-profile athletes, including Naomi Osaka and superstar NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, to invest in buying a Major League Pickleball franchise in the United States.
NBA legends LeBron James and Kevin Durant also recently bought into the rapidly expanding novelty sport.
Kyrgios, meanwhile, has landed in Germany and is preparing to make his comeback on the ATP Tour at the Stuttgart Open this week.
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