Korean tennis star Kwon Soon-woo was eliminated in the first round of the U.S. Open, his comeback after six months, and his actions, such as breaking his racket and refusing to shake hands with his opponent, are sparking controversy.
On the 25th (local time), Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP) pointed out Kwon’s attitude in an article titled ‘Korean tennis player shatters racket after loss and refuses to shake hands with opponent.’
Kwon, ranked 112th in the world, faced Kasidit Samrez (Thailand), an unknown player ranked 636th in the world, in the second round held at the Hangzhou Olympic Center in Zhejiang, China, and lost 1-2 (3-6 7-5 4-6). .
After the game, Kwon could not control his anger and took out his anger by hitting his racket on the court floor and chair. The opposing player, Samrez, approached him and offered to shake his hand, but he did not make eye contact and ignored him.
SCMP criticized, “After it was confirmed that Kwon Soon-woo lost to an opponent whose world ranking was more than 500 places higher, he continued to smash his racket on the court. Even after that, he did not stop his actions, such as hitting a chair with his racket.”
He also added, “The opposing player approached Kwon Soon-woo to shake his hand, but (Kwon Soon-woo) did not even look at him,” adding, “In the end, the opposing player only greeted the audience.”
Local netizens continue to criticize, such as, “(Tennis) players must love their rackets. That’s why they lose. Players like that who don’t respect tennis should be banned from playing for life,” and “There was no sportsmanship at all.”
Meanwhile, Kwon failed to advance to the round of 16 at the Asian Games. All that remains is the men’s doubles match, in which he is paired with Hong Seong-chan (26, Sejong City Hall).
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