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John was born and raised in Australia. Subsequently, he is interested in all things Australian: language, sport and culture.

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Welcome to this article. A lot has changed since I first wrote it in 2015 so I thought I should either delete it or update it as Wimbledon 2022 is now upon us. After some thought I chose the latter, so I hope I succeed in making it still relevant.

If you have even clicked on the title you are probably a tennis fan or an Australian. If not you are either curious to see what this article is about, or you clicked on it by mistake. If it's the latter you may not be able to relate to this or find it very interesting (though if you like poetry there is a poem).

I wrote this while Wimbledon 2015 was being played and I am an avid tennis fan. As well as that we had quite a few Australians competing and among this contingent were the three youngest competitors, Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Well, 2015 Wimbledon is now history, and none of the Australians mentioned or any other was successful. Since then, though, lots has happened. The most notable being that Ash Barty, an Aussie woman won Wimbledon 2021! Go Ash! She then went on to success at the 2022 Australian open, and then retired at just 26 years of age.

So now it’s up to the Aussie men to try and match Ash’s feats. Come on guys, you can do it. We haven’t had a man win Wimbledon since Layton Hewitt in 2002. Alex de Minaur(24) is actually our top ranked man, followed by Nick Kyrgios(45) Thanasi Kokkinakis(82) is at number five, behind Jordan Thompson(68) and James Duckworth(77). Our highest ranked woman is Ajla Tomljanovic(45).

* the numbers in brackets represent current world rankings.


Kyrgios and Kokkinakis win the Boys' Wimbledon Doubles Championship 2013

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis win the Boys' Wimbledon Doubles Championship 2013

Wimbledon 2022

This article and poem were originally dedicated to only two of these, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, but Bernard Tomic has had quite an inglorious fall from fame since 2016. He is currently ranked 344 in the world and been confined to chiefly playing on the challenger circuit, where even there he has tasted very limited success. He now gets more attention off the court than on it, and has clashed with former friend Nick Kyrgios, even challenging him to a boxing match.

Thanasi Kokkinakis had been hampered with ongoing injuries over the last few years so until 2022 his tournaments had been few and far between. However, now he seems to have overcome those and is slowly climbing the rankings once again. In fact he and Nick Kyrgios have joined forces to become a formidable doubles combination, winning the title as Australian Open champions this year, and will now compete at Wimbledon together. (They won the Wimbledon Boy’ Doubles final together in 2013.)

Thanasi’s character and temperament actually make him more deserving of acknowledgement and affirmation than the other two. It just proves the notoriety and bad behaviour makes better news headlines. As a doubles partner, however, maybe he helps balance out the controversy and division that Nick Kyrgios’s antics can cause.

Kyrgios’s explosiveness and unpredictability makes him a danger in the men’s single draw as he has the ability to defeat any of the top ranked men on his day. You just never know what you will get from Nick, but this year, in tournaments leading up to Wimbledon he has wins over Casper Rudd (5), Jannik Sinner (13), Stefanos Tsitsipas (6), and Andre Rublev (8).

I mean no disrespect to Alex de Minaur who is ranked 21 places higher than Nick Kyrgios, and is a fine player in his own right. Alex is one of the fastest players around the court and has a never-say-die attitude, much like his mentor Layton Hewitt. I just feel he lacks the necessary power game to trouble any of the top 10 players. I hope he proves me wrong, after all if Layton could win Wimbledon there is no reason Alex can’t emulate that at some stage.

I feel Australia’s best chances rest with Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, and Alexei Popyrin, purely because of their more powerful serves, size, and intimidation factor.

Leyton Hewitt stretches to reach the ball in his 1st round loss at Wimbledon 2015

Leyton Hewitt stretches to reach the ball in his 1st round loss at Wimbledon 2015

Bernard Tomic (born 21 October 1992) is an Australian professional tennis player who as of 8 June 2015 was ranked world No. 24 by the ATP. Tomic enjoyed a successful junior career in which he won three Orange Bowl titles and two junior grand slam singles titles, the 2008 Australian Open and 2009 US Open. Career highlights include winning the 2013 Apia International Sydney, the 2014 Claro Open Colombia, the quarterfinals at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.(wikipedia) *Lost to Novak Djokovic 3rd Round Wimbledon 2015.

Bernard Tomic has been stood down from this month’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan for his explosive attack on Tennis Australia officials, including Pat Rafter and CEO Craig Tiley. Tomic’s disrespectful post-match comments following his t

Bernard Tomic has been stood down from this month’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan for his explosive attack on Tennis Australia officials, including Pat Rafter and CEO Craig Tiley. Tomic’s disrespectful post-match comments following his t

Wimbledon 2017

Well, things for Tomic didn’t improve in the two years since writing this article. Bernard Tomic has once again become an embarrassment to Australia with his comments after losing his first round match at Wimbledon.

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In a press conference following his lacklustre effort, Tomic admitted to faking an injury to get some time off during the match. He also said he felt bored and wasn't physically or psychologically prepared for the match. He basically alluded to not needing the money and already set for life whether he wins or not. For this 1st round loss, Tomic walks away with $60,000 for 1 1/2 hours on the court.

I remember as a teenager and young adult playing sport for the love of it without any thought of monetary rewards. Tomic obviously should give tennis up if he doesn't play for the money or enjoyment.

Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon 2015.

Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon 2015.

Nicholas "Nick" Kyrgios (born 27 April 1995) He won the boys' singles title at the 2013 Australian Open and the boys' doubles event at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Kyrgios's biggest achievements to date are reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon2014, where he defeated Rafael Nadal ranked ATP No 1 and RichardGasquet, (who he lost to in the 3rd round of Wimbledon 2015), and the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open where he lost a 3 set match to Andy Murray. He has since been successful in the men’s doubles, winning the 2022 Australian Open title alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis. (wikipedia)

The Tantrum Twins

Australia cringes on this day

As all fair play has gone away.

It seems good sportsmanship has died,

Laver, Rosewall, Newcome cried.


Our new brigade of tennis stars

Speed around in fancy cars,

Abuse the umpires, swear and curse,

Smash their rackets, even worse.


Wimbledon’s a world event,

Not some court inside a tent.

A place where champions are made,

Where history and tradition laid.


We’ve had our winners in the past,

Cash and Rafter, Hewitt last.

Even now there’s those with class,

Like young Thanasi Kokkinakis .


Bernard Tomic was the first,

Onto the tennis scene he burst.

Unorthodox describes his game,

With that he beat some top 10 names.


Off-court behaviour though he lacks,

From Davis Cup he has been sacked.

He criticised the hand that feeds,

I think he’ll soon regret those deeds.


Nick Kyrgios the latest star

With ability to take him far,

Though on-court he’s a total brat,

Aussies don’t take kind to that.


We are a patriotic lot

And cheer our own no matter what.

They’re entertaining that’s a fact,

But humility is what they lack.


There’s been some tennis brats before,

John McEnroe was one for sure.

But even he would draw the line

And only rarely got a fine.


The greats of tennis play it cool,

They win events, don’t act like fools.

The Joker, Federer, Warwrinka too,

Don’t act too big for tennis shoes.


Tomic and Kygrios should unite,

As a doubles team they’d have some might.

The ‘Tantrum Twins’ the perfect name,

Smashing rackets every game.


I thought they’d make a perfect team,

But that doubles pairing was not seen.

Nick and Thanasi put that to bed,

The ‘Special K’ teamed up instead.

smashed racket

smashed racket

The most hated man in tennis

— Chris Chase

Nick Kyrgios

Quite a tag has been levelled at Nick Kyrgios by one US media heavyweight Chris Chase after his memorable Wimbledon campaign: “The most hated man in tennis”.

Yet at the same time, he’s been branded a drawcard who continues to spark extraordinary debate in the wake of his controversial exit from the Wimbledon, with the consensus that he is a brilliant talent who placed himself (deliberately or not) in the role of tennis super-villain.

“.... the press and fans will put up with the antics as long as the on-court success backs it up. But if Kyrgios’s game falls off, like Tomic’s, or the headlines become increasingly more for what he says rather than what he does, suddenly the brashness of youth becomes the petulance of a falling star.” (Chris Chase USA Today’s “For the Win”)

One of Wimbledon’s most infamous figures Jeff Tarango - the American hothead who was disqualified in 1995 - offered this take on Kyrgios.

“He’s young, he’s brash and he’s not going to be reined in. I think a lot of players come to Wimbledon and they immediately slap the handcuffs on you, they try to rein you in and they try to tame you and they try to keep you doing their thing. And he’s refusing to do that and I think might not be 100 per cent correct but it’s his way.

I'm sure they (tournament officials) want to even give him bigger fines but they can’t, so it’s probably a two-way street as far as tournaments to Kyrgios. It’s either completely ban what he’s doing or let him go, because at the end of the day he’s going to be selling tickets.

I have a feeling he’s almost like the second coming of a John McEnroe in a way, and how can they let John McEnroe do one thing and not let him (Kyrgios) do another thing.

He could make it a little more Disney, if I had to do any advice I’d make it a little more fun.

But what he’s doing is entertaining and when you talk about polarising it doesn’t matter if people like you or they hate you when you’re on the tennis court. What matters is that the crowd is into it, because that’s what brings you as a player and an athlete a lot more energy.

I think that Kyrgios needs that kind of energy coming from the crowd to play his best.”

(source: foxsports.com.au)

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2015 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 23, 2015:

Thank you for reading this Flourish. yes, their antics often make them famous in the press even if you never see them play. I really respect other hubbers who read what you write even if it isn't a subject they are interested in. I manage to do it about 50 of the time. Much appreciated.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2015:

Awesome poem, John! I do not follow tennis but I am well aware of some of the athletes' bad antics.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 21, 2015:

Say no more!!

If he sells tickets they'll put up with it, but the day he stops selling them look out!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 21, 2015:

Thanks Lawrence, yes it is McEnroe revisited. Tomic has just been arrested in New York I think and charged with disobeying police. He was staying in a $9000 per night hotel room and was asked repeatedly to turn music down and refused...ultimately arrested, the tool.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 21, 2015:

Getting here a bit late for Wimbledon but interesting nonetheless as I think its Mcenroe in stereo!

Enjoyed the hub

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 12, 2015:

It seem as though Kyrgios is trying to Moldova himself as a reinvented McEnroe but he comes over more as a big headed brat. He hasn't proved himself yet by actually winning a major tournament so he's not even backing up his tantrums with results. Thanks for reading and commenting Deb.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 12, 2015:

Sounds like a fair assessment to me. McEnroe is back in all his glory, even though not the same Bat-time, Bat-channel.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 11, 2015:

Ok, I just saw that Djokovic and Federer are in the final.....go Roger.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 10, 2015:

It would be good if Roger could win another Wimbledon Ruby. He seemed to be slightly on the line a year ago but seems to have stepped it up again so he should be hard to beat. Stan Warwinka the other Swiss player is in good form though, winning the French Open on clay which isn't his favourite surface. So I am going for him. I haven't seen any results for two days though unfortunately.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 10, 2015:

I never miss a tennis match. My money is on Federer, my favorite of all time. I really enjoyed reading about the players. Well done John....

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 09, 2015:

Thank you Jackie, just knowing that you will read my hubs for the poetry even if the subject matter doesn't interest you is a true compliment. I do appreciate that. Have a good day/ night.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 09, 2015:

I have lost interest in tennis but can't help but know so much from news headlines and always enjoy your poetry!^+

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 09, 2015:

Hi Eric, yes it could act a a wake up call for the rest of us to think about the way we ourselves act when things don't go our way. It makes me feel embarrassed to especially when they are from my country hoping other don't think it is a common way for all Australians to act. Thanks for reading.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 09, 2015:

Very interesting. I wonder if seeing the antics isn't good for all of us. It makes me just feel embarrassed. You did a great job covering a social issue with the backdrop of tennis.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 09, 2015:

Yes Shauna I feel you are right in your assumption. people like to watch their matches because they are unpredictable and may throw a tantrum etc. In a sport considered boring this can be good for the viewership and extra dollars so the bad behaviour may not be punished too severely.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 09, 2015:

I don't follow tennis but enjoyed your poems, John. I would imagine these tennis brats are drawing crowds much like NASCAR fans who thrive on the crashes more than the race.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 09, 2015:

Thanks for the great comment North Wind. It is good to hear a different perspective and I hope Nick Kyrgios can learn to control his emotions because he is talented and adds another dimension to the game. It was obvious he didn't try in that one game, but I don't really think that an issue. He was unlikely to break Gasquet's serve anyway and it helped him save his focus for the next game. It was his disrespect for the referee in his second match that I didn't agree with. It was good that Federer supported him as did his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis. Djokovic tends to lose it if he gets put under a lot of pressure. Stan seems to be able to more than match it with both him and Roger recently and won the last Australian Open.

North Wind from The World (for now) on July 09, 2015:

I want anybody but Djokovic. This is not the first time that he yelled at someone so that they were close to tears. He plays well but I just don't like his attitude since attitudes are the topic. I like Feds and Stan the most for the win.

Have you read Federer's comments about Kyrgios? He was so gracious about it and the way he explained made a lot of sense to me. I looked at the after interview as well and to me Kyrgios looked absolutely frustrated. I tend to agree with Feds and think that he was overwhelmed, angry that he was overwhelmed, timed out for a minute or two (Feds said 55 seconds) and then got back into it. He did not look as though he was enjoying his behavior while he was doing it he just looked resigned and had to wait till his emotional slump was over.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed his matches. The Aussie fans were so enthusiastic. I loved the 'All about that Ace' bit.

Anyway, I think that he is still young and that having players behind him like Federer may help him to deal with the emotional doubts differently.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 09, 2015:

Hey Maj. I am the same, once I would have been up all night watching the tennis and then the Ashes. Had the State of Origin last night as well and as you say Tour de France starting soon. Sure is a sport lover's dream at the moment. Thanks for reading.

travmaj from australia on July 09, 2015:

Well said John, you are spot on. What attitude from these two. Maybe a combination of youth, celebrity status, finance - and undoubtedly some talent. Even so, it is uncomfortable to watch such histrionics. Wonder what's next? Wimbledon is such a great tournament. Then the cricket ashes tour has started in UK (love the cricket) and the Tour de France - what a time. Sadly can't stay awake all night anymore - yawning...

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 09, 2015:

Hi Frank, I am a tennis and football fan myself (used to play both). I appreciate you reading this even though you aren't a tennis fan and glad you still found it interesting.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 08, 2015:

I dont follow tennis.. but this still doesn't take away from your hub.. your insight.. and poetry.. I'm a big Baseball. football, hockey and basketball.. never understood tennis..

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 08, 2015:

Thanks for your continued support Theresa. John McEnroe was the expert of the tantrum. Glad you found this interesting and enjoyed the poem. Blessings.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 08, 2015:

Hi John,

When I was younger, I would watch tennis all the time, and I do remember that big ole brat, John McEnroe LOL. Boy, he could pitch a hissy fit ... I would watch all sports being my dad loved every kind of sport known to man and so back in the day, I was well informed in all sports.

Your poetry is always satisfying, creative and always has a good message.

I have not heard of any of the tennis players from Australia, so I learned a lot.

Up +++

Blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 08, 2015:

Thanks Mike. I appreciate your checking this out anyway. Yes, Wimbledon is certainly popular.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 08, 2015:

Well, I am not Australian, and I have never played tennis, but stopped by to check out the post. Wimbleton certainly draws a lot of attention. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 08, 2015:

Hi Eric, I thought I may at least get you to read this, being another tennis fan. I agree with you about Kyrgios. He is too big for his boots and hasn't even won a title yet on the adult circuit. Stan Wawrinka is the man for me. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 08, 2015:

Thank you drbj. I am for Thanasi too. He came into Wimbletin sick and still performed well, especially in the doubles with Leyton Hewitt. He is a year younger the Kyrgios and I am confident will altimately be more successful. He has also defeated Tomic.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on July 08, 2015:

Hi Jodah, Krygios is a joke, he may win one of the big tournaments before he's done, but he will never be a great, he is too unfocused and silly (but talented enough to figure out one major perhaps). My money is on Joker, but maybe Murray or Federer can pull it off. It's gonna be a great semis.

EWF

drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 08, 2015:

I watch tennis matches once in awhile but I am not a fan of those who are talented but make lousy role models for youngsters. My money's on Thanasi. Thanks for the heads-up, Jodah.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 08, 2015:

Shanks for reading and commenting Larry. Glad you found this interesting.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 08, 2015:

I enjoy tennis, though it is not my primary passion.

Very educating.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 08, 2015:

Hi Bill. We have to sit up late at night to watch Wimbledon here so I have only watched selective matches and then not entire matches if they are more than three ets. Maybe we expect too much from our young sports stars wanting them to act like good role models. There is the argument though that they should appreciate the ability they have been given in a sport where they can make millions and not act like brats. Thanks for being the first to comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 08, 2015:

Back in the old days, when I had free time, I would watch Wimbleton...now I catch highlights online. I do love the big tournaments....and after years of watching some of the brats from the 60s and 70s, these young kids don't bother me. :) Fun job on the poem...enjoy the show!

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