Jimmy Arias on what we can improve for the ATP tour

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Great interview. Problem is that mentality that he is talking about is not what the players want, so very few would act this way. It is also okay to be classy. Fed? Nadal?

Plus, with social media and the journalism today, it would come with a lot of baggage, and dare I say financial concern.

It would be more entertaining at times though.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Starting at 2:41

That is why Nick Kyrgios is good for the game @SystemicAnomaly
Great find. Excellent interview with some outstanding insight from Jimmy Arias. While JA would like to see more "color" in the game, I believe he is well aware that taking this to an extreme can be detrimental to the player. Look at what he says at 4:30 about emotions getting in the way.

JA has praised Nick K quite often for his tennis/athletic abilities. But he has also been highly critical of Nick's behavior/antics. He believes that Nick's bad behavior has been a detrimental influence on the game of his buddy, Frances Tiafoe. He regards Nick K as highly controversial and underachieving. He has indicated on more than one occasion that Nicks attitude & behavior has kept him from reaching his full potential in the game

https://www.tennis-prose.com/articl...-is-a-bad-influence-on-tiafoe/comment-page-1/

https://thesoutherneronline.com/63380/sports/bad-behavior-in-sports-continues-to-be-problematic/
 
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Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Great find. Excellent interview with some outstanding insight from Jimmy Arias. While JA would like to see more "color" in the game, I believe he is well aware that taking this to an extreme can be detrimental to the player. Look at what he say at 4:30 about emotions getting in the way.

JA has praised Nick K quite often for his tennis/athletic abilities. But he has also been highly critical of Nick's behavior/antics. He believe that Nick's bad behavior has been a detrimental influence on the game of his buddy, Frances Tiafoe. He regards Nick K as highly controversial and underachieving. He has indicated on more than one occasion that Nicks attitude & behavior has kept him from reaching his full potential in the game

https://www.tennis-prose.com/articl...-is-a-bad-influence-on-tiafoe/comment-page-1/

https://thesoutherneronline.com/63380/sports/bad-behavior-in-sports-continues-to-be-problematic/
What do you mean about the Tiafoe comment?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, it just mentions that it is not a good idea for them to hang out. I was hoping he would be more specific.

It is pretty brave of Arias to say some of these things.
I think that the first article made it pretty clear that JA considered Kyrgios to be an underachiever as well as controversial because of his antics. Feels that attitude and behavior are counterproductive. For that reason , he thought it advisable for Tiafoe not to be so chummy with Nick.

Have seen a couple of other links where Jimmy has been critical of Nick. IF I come across those again, I can post those as well.

EDIT: A couple of those sources might have been from Tennis World USA. Links to their website are censored by the TW forum. Or I might just be recalling things I've heard Jimmy saying in interviews or while commentating.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Loved the "color" we've gotten from players like Roddick, Agassi, Connors, Safin, Dustin Brown, Fabrice Santoro, Gael Monfils and other ATP/WTA French "flair" players. Even sometimes bad-boy, Lleyton Hewitt, could be quite entertaining.

But neither Lleyton nor Jimmy (Arias) appears to have much love for the extreme attitude or antics of Nick K. With Nick and, possibly others, providing us with what passes for color in today's game, tennis evolves into a 3-ring circus or into the WWE.

Over-the-top attitudes and unsavory behavior have become all too common in today's world. We see it in the contentious and unsavory comments on YouTube. We see it with the outrageous comments and behavior of certain "colorful" world leaders. Like a Category A pathogen, we see the kind of behavior, and the acceptance of such behavior, much more commonplace. Do we really want to see tennis turn into a sport like this:

 
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