Nick Kyrgios, the Australian bad boy of tennis, recently lost what little control he has over being a human being in a poor display of sportsmanship and commitment to the game of tennis at the Shanghai Masters. Read about it here: Your text to link…
Kyrgios reminds tennis fans of the mercurial French player, Gael Monfils whose temperament has improved and helped him win over many tennis fans with his brilliance on the courts. But Australia has been waiting for another tennis champion in the form of a John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, or Rod Laver. Australia was once the dominant country in the world of tennis. It had the best players and coaches but lost the title to a series of American bad boys, notably Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Now great players come from every conceivable country in the world; even Britain has a champion at Wimbledon in Andy Murray.
But lately, there has been a paucity of great tennis players coming from the states, the two physical giants, Sam Querrey and John Isner, are good but not dominant, and both lack the charisma of a Connors or McEnroe. But in Tampa a new promising candidate is emerging, Jack Sock. He has a great all court game and a positive temperament, and Sock has charm and physical good looks that compliment his great name.
Sock is the type of tennis player needed in the United States of America. He is a winner holding a gold and a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics and is also a great sportsman, something Connors and McEnroe were not. In a match against Lleyton Hewitt, he corrected a call in Hewitt’s favor, a small step for a player, a great leap for the world of tennis.
Sock is climbing up the ATP standings, and hopefully, he’ll continue into the top ten by next year and even qualify for the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals. That event takes place in London and pits the top eight players in the ATP against one another. This event has become as important as one of the Grand Slam events.