Novak’s ‘sick obsession’ to be liked
Nick Kyrgios was asked for his thoughts on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – and Nick Kyrgios answered.
In an interview with the No Challenges Remaining podcast, Kyrgios labelled Nadal ‘super salty’ and Djokovic’s celebrations ‘cringeworthy’.
The Aussie tennis player’s views headline this week’s PV Clips.
In a big week for football, former A-League player Andy Brennan pens a brave article on his sexuality, while uncapped Aussie goalkeeper Teagan Micah receives the phone call of a lifetime.
Meanwhile, NRL veteran Paul Gallen speaks out on his code’s premature exclusion of Israel Folau, with the Wallaby still on the outer in rugby union.
These are our favourite stories this week about elite sportspeople, as told by elite sportspeople, from our favourite athlete-generated platforms around the world. Just like you get on AthletesVoice everyday.
‘JUST CAN’T STAND HIM’
There were no holds barred in Nick Kyrgios’ interview, despite Djokovic’s and Nadal’s standing in the game.
Of Nadal, he described him as his ‘polar opposite,’ who ‘gets me vexed’.
‘Every time I’ve beaten him … when he wins, it’s fine. He won’t say anything bad, he’ll credit the opponent, ‘He was a great player’. But as soon as I beat him, it’s just like, ‘He has no respect for me, my fans and no respect to the game’,’ Kyrgios says.
On Djokovic, the Aussie goaded his ‘sick obsession with wanting to be liked’ in the same regard as Roger Federer – although he would never consider the two in the same light, given the Serb’s failure to beat him on the court.
‘We’re talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me,’ he said.
‘Simply because I’ve played him twice and like, I’m sorry, but if you can’t beat me, you’re not the greatest of all time. Because if you like look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it’s zero compared to him.’
To hear the full interview with Ben Rothenberg, go to the No Challenges Remaining podcast.
#NCR226 finally takes the long-running saga of Ben and Nick Kyrgios off of Twitter and into your ears.
You don't want to miss this one.https://t.co/LsesTVfOmR
— NCR Tennis Podcast (@NCR_Tennis) May 15, 2019
BRENNAN REVEALS IDENTITY
Brennan, who currently plies his trade for Victorian NPL side Green Gully, writes of his relief at feeling comfortable enough to reveal his identity in an essay for the Professional Footballers Australia website.
‘I’m gay. It’s incredible saying that now; it feels amazing. And weirdly, it doesn’t feel like a big deal. Really in 2019, it shouldn’t be,’ Brennan writes.
‘But I couldn’t be happier that despite taking so long, ruminating over this decision for so many years and being entirely unsure about myself, I can finally come out and say it.’
Brennan discusses his fear of his identity, how it may alter his existing relationships and the process he ultimately went through before revealing his secret. You can read it here.
“I tried to hide my sexuality a lot and tried to push it aside. Not admitting the truth even to myself, just because of the way I thought it would be perceived."
— The PFA (@thepfa) May 14, 2019
This is the moment Teagan Micah realised her dream via a late-night phone call from the other side of the world.
The uncapped Australian goalkeeper has spent the last two years plying her trade for UCLA in the American college system.
This was the moment @TeaganMicah found out she was going to a World Cup!
— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) May 14, 2019
‘ISRAEL IS NOT A BAD PERSON’
Writing for Wide World Of Sports, Gallen argues that the NRL’s premature decision on Folau goes against the ethos of sport in general.
‘I don’t support the views that have gotten Israel into trouble; I want to make that very clear. But I also don’t agree with the ARL Commission coming out already and saying that Israel’s not welcome back in rugby league,’ Gallen writes.
‘For me, sport is about forgiveness and redemption. People make mistakes in life all the time. It’s a given; we just try to move on and get better.
‘Israel is not a bad person and I don’t think there’s genuine malice in him. For the NRL to completely shut the door on him and say that there’s no place for him in our game … I think that’s at odds with rugby league’s message of inclusiveness. It directly excludes Israel for his religious beliefs.’
Gallen writes that rugby league has many great redemption stories and Folau should not be denied that opportunity.
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) May 13, 2019
COMM BOX HYSTERIA
Days earlier, Anfield was awash with delirium as Liverpool defeated Barcelona 4-0 to reach the Champions League final.
As many clubs do, the in-house ‘LFCTV’ commentary crew of Steve Hunter and club legend John Aldridge was on hand to provide their thoughts on the game. Their reactions to each of the four goals are priceless.