At the third round of the Wimbledon last year, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios were involved in a bad-tempered four sets battle, which threatened to spiral out of control multiple times. This led to the Greek star describing his Aussie counterpart as an “uneducated” guy who brought the “basketball mentality” to tennis.
“Break Point,” the Netflix documentary about the sport featured the remarks of Stefanos Tsitsipas, which led to the widespread criticism for the 24-year-old player from the tennis community. These comments were also considered racist towards Nick Kyrgios from the large section of people on social media.
This made the Greek player release a lengthy statement on his official Facebook page to take back his comments about the 28-year-old. He stated that his previous remarks regarding Nick Kyrgios were not meant to undermine his intelligence or abilities.
“It has come to my attention that some individuals have misinterpreted my comments regarding Nick Kyrgios, labeling him as uneducated and accusing him of bringing a basketball mentality to tennis, insinuating racism where none exists,” Stefanos Tsitsipas opined.
The former Australian and French Open finalist also mentioned categorically that he doesn’t have any prejudice towards any person. The 24-year-old tennis star said, “I want to emphasize that I harbour no prejudice towards anyone based on their background, ethnicity, or interests. I deeply regret if my words were misinterpreted or caused offence, as that was never my intention.”
In response to the statement from Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Wimbledon finalist was happy to say that they are all good. He was quoted as saying on Twitter, “It was a very heated battle sometimes as players we go into these press conferences without digesting the match…. We’ve had some crazy battles and I know deep down you like my brand of tennis we are all good @steftsitsipas”.