The Australian Open 2021 left a lot of fabric to cut. Here, Spicy, curious, funny and eye-catching statements from the Grand Slam of the year.
KYRGIOS AGAINST DJOKOVIC
Nick Kyrgios is already known to have a long, spicy tongue. And that Novak Djokovic is not, precisely, a saint of his devotion, beyond recognizing his great quality. The Australian criticized the now nine-time Australian Open champion very harshly. It was a bomb ESPN Tennis in the middle of the tournament: “Someone who is partying without a shirt in a bowling alley during the pandemic …”.
OSAKA’S SPECIAL MINDSET
The new champion at Melbourne Park, who repeated there after two years, was very clear about her position. “I have the mentality that people don’t remember the runners-up.” Naomi Osaka gave the reason why it is difficult to beat her in a Grand Slam final, as she won all four disputed in her career.
SERENA SOWED DOUBTS ABOUT HER RETIREMENT
Serena Williams’ illusion to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles still stands. But the 39-year-old American suffered a severe blow when she lost to Osaka in the Australian semifinals, because she felt she was playing very well and close to her dream … In the post-match conference, she barely lasted three minutes and left with tears in the eyes.
NADAL AND AN UNPUBLISHED SITUATION
While playing his second round match against Michael Mmoh, he suddenly experienced something unusual in tennis. And he went viral for being even more of a world figure and during a Grand Slam. A bystander made an obscene gesture at him. The Spaniard, incredulous, reacted with great spark and humor. Safety pin.
A REASON FOR ANGER FOR AZARENKA
The Belarusian, a former two-time Australian Open champion, was unloaded in full press conference. More than one attributed it to his anger over the quick goodbye, in the debut, against Jessica Pegula. Is that Victoria Azarenka was upset by a question about her health.
FRITZ DIDN’T BELIEVE DJOKOVIC
They played a five-set match and controversy broke out. Taylor Fritz pushed Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 and champion again in Austrlia, but he was hurt because he said the Serb appeared injured and pretended. “If Djokovic was really injured, he wouldn’t have continued playing.” And the story continued …
THE IMMENSE SADNESS OF MONFILS
Undoubtedly, Gael Monfils, a tremendous showman, never imagined that he would fall to Emill Rusuuvuori right on his debut in Melbourne. Before the media, the Frenchman was very sad, without finding the return to this present, with almost a year without winning a game. Really moving.