Has there been a more anticipated tennis match in recent memory than this semi-final tomorrow at Wimbledon? (edited: Nadal has retired injured…thanks to Sheree for the update!) Not since John McEnroe who I watched in my youth (and even copied his serve to be relevant and ominous) has a greater tennis villain shone to Tennis mainstream discussion? That person, of course, is Australian Nick Kyrgios. He mentioned in the above interview that tomorrow’s match will probably be the most anticipated match of recent memory and in all honesty it’s hard to disagree with him.
When I was viewing today’s Australian ABC news site to see how anticipated it would be; the following article appeared about his recent assault charge against fellow tennis player – Ajla Tomljanović. And this adds more fuel to the controversy surrounding Kyrgios.
Rafael Nadal is the consummate professional tenista. Loved world wide for his application and courage on the tennis world-stage. Ok let me digress..Nadal is a robotic tennis player who has his rituals between plays and that’s all fine and good, because he gets the job done and prevails despite the insurmountable odds given his age and injuries… But do I like watching him play? Not much, until seeing the end of his games or where he makes stupendous comebacks.
There is a cool video here between Federer and Nadal having lots of giggles because of Nadal’s challenges with English. Because of my challenges with Spanish early on I could relate a lot to Nadal’s frustration in trying his hardest to pronounce what was expected. Where am I going here? Nadal is the good guy, ok? And Kyrgios the villain; but his play like Federer’s in many respects is unorthodox, but compelling to watch. And then you add Krygios’ antics in games towards himself, umpires, his team and disrespectful fans. He made this relatively conservative sport; a spectacle; a theatre of sorts. Good vs Bad.
The Mama of my kids – Constanza hopes tomorrow that Rafa teaches Nick a ‘tennis’ lesson and I get that. I have my feet in both trenches and that rarely happens. I wouldn’t be disappointed with that result, but on the other hand, if a fellow Australian through superior innate tennis tectronics were to overcome the forever ‘I’m old and injured‘ tiresome pants and rectum pulling Nadal then I could have my cup of tea too. Whatever happens it’s one for the ages in terms of what Tennis is about. It’s theatre and thank God for that!