Furious fans say TV bosses should be ‘FIRED IMMEDIATELY’ for missing crucial moment in Nick Kyrgios’ spiteful win over Stefanos Tsitsipas and being ‘horrifically’ biased against Aussie bad boy
- Broadcaster failed to show handshake at end of incredibly bitter match
- Fans were in disbelief at the missed footage and bias shown against Kyrgios
- Tsitsipas branded Aussie ‘evil’ and a ‘bully’ after losing in four sets
Tennis fans missed out on seeing the controversial handshake between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Aussie’s huge win on Sunday morning – and they wasted no time venting their fury online.
Kyrgios triumphed over the Greek world No.5 in one of the most spiteful matches seen at Wimbledon, with the pair repeatedly clashing with the umpire and each other.
At one point the Australian demanded his opponent be defaulted for hitting a ball into the stands and narrowly missing a spectator and briefly refused to play on unless Tsitipas was thrown out of the tournament.
The Greek star admitted trying to hit Kyrgios with the ball on several occasions and branded him ‘evil’ and a ‘bully’ after the match.
The handshake at the end of a tennis match reveals a lot about the players – but fans were robbed of the chance to see how Kyrgios and Tsitsipas interacted after their spiteful match
The Greek world No.5 refused to make eye contact with the Australian after the match – and called for a rule change to curb his opponent’s fiery behaviour
But the crucial moment when they shook hands after the Australian’s 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 win never went to air, and viewers were infuriated.
‘BBC not showing the handshake is the one thing I was so ready for, urgghhh!’ tweeted David Hall.
Tennis writer Ricky Dimon summed up the feelings of thousands of fans when he wrote, ‘TV producers should be fired IMMEDIATELY. Showing random people in the crowd instead of post-match handshakes has been an ongoing problem in tennis, and today’s offense was probably the worst ever.’
Lewis Steele added commentators’ prejudice against the Australian to his complaint about the missed footage.
‘Horrific anti-Kyrgios bias in commentary – no alternate views offered,’ he tweeted. ‘Cameras miss the handshake after one of the most heated battles in years.’
Sean Walsh agreed on both counts: ‘An amazing spectacle from Kygrios and Tsitsipas in spite of some strange broadcasting from the BBC,’ he tweeted.
‘Supremely unfair commentary and a bizarre directorial choice not to show the handshake!’
‘Wimbledon explodes over Kyrgios handshake!’ wrote Robin of Loxley. ‘The absolute bias coverage and in particular that of the legendary “super brat” John McEnroe and his hypocrisy of the various spats was breathtaking.’
Fans were in disbelief at the missing footage – and also called out the commentary team for ‘supremely unfair commentary’ against Kyrgios
The Aussie was branded ‘evil’ by his opponent after the pair repeatedly clashed with officials and each other – with Kyrgios at one stage briefly refusing to play on unless Tsitsipas was chucked out of the tournament for smashing a ball into the crowd (pictured)
Aussie tennis great Todd Woodbridge led a chorus of past and present players who couldn’t believe their eyes, writing: ‘How can you miss the handshake after that match?’
Former American star Andy Roddick added, ‘How on earth did they miss the handshake?’
Had the broadcaster covered the moment, fans would have seen a very revealing interaction between the players at the net.
The handshake was very brief, with Tsitipas refusing to make eye contact with Kyrgios in what can only be described as a very half-hearted effort that left the Aussie angry.
‘I can officially say I have never given a handshake like that in my life,’ he said after the win.
‘Every time I’ve lost, when I defaulted against (Casper) Ruud (at Indian Wells this year) I looked people in the eye and I say, “Well done today, you were the better man”, and he wasn’t man enough to do that today.’
The Greek was also furious after the match and called for a rule change designed to curb the Aussie’s fiery behaviour.
‘Every single point that I played today I feel like there was something going on on the other side of the net,’ he said.
‘That’s his way of manipulating the opponent and making you feel distracted, in a way. There is no other player that does this. There is no other player that is so upset and frustrated all the time with something.
‘I really hope all us players can come up with something and make this a cleaner version of our sport, have this kind of behaviour not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated.’