Nick Kyrgios jumped to the side of Roger Federer after a journalist claimed that the Swiss tennis idol was “playing with fire” by playfully hitting the ball boy towards the balls during his Australian Open matches.
There has been much debate since Sunday about Miyu Kato’s exclusion from the French Open, with some claiming that the Japanese’s accidental hit on a ball girl did not justify her exclusion from their doubles match.
In Australia, Federer had developed the habit of providing ball children for spectacular catching actions. “Regardless of whether that was the right decision or not – and I don’t think it was – players can afford to be more cautious about things like this either way.” Notably, Roger Federer often played with fire, firing balls at ball boys in Australia to test their catching skills.
Mixed results,” tweeted Ben Rothenberg.
Kyrgios defends Federer against “absurd” criticism
Hahaha now it gets ridiculous. The ðhaving some fun and the ball kids are catching it, making their life memory compared to outeide doubles match.
Absurd ð — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 5, 2023
“Hahaha, now it’s getting ridiculous. The GOAT has fun and the ball kids catch the ball which will become a lifetime memory for them compared to the doubles match outside.
tweeted Kyrgios in response to the tweet. Kato and partner Aldila Sutjiadi were initially cautioned, but then Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo went to the umpire’s chair, seemingly pushing for a disqualification.
After the supervisor was called, the decision was made that Kato and Sutjiadi would be removed from the tournament. Kyrgios offered his thoughts on the situation, saying even an unintended hit by a ball kid warrants a disqualification.
“All over the world, whether it’s people calling your name, worshiping you, booing you – that’s always going to play a role in sport. Why are so many people complaining about this? Also, it’s not about the intention, if you hit a ball a kid, it’s a disqualification,” tweeted Kyrgios.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios is preparing to start his 2023 campaign during the grass season.
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