Tennis always needs a villain -Enter Tsitsipas!

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Tennis crowds love to have someone they love to hate. The bad boy. The big mouth. The bad loser. The guy who pulls every gamesmanship trick in the book. Jimbo Connors, Nastase, McEnroe, even lesser talents like Jeff Tarango and Nick Kyrgios have enhanced their profile by taking on the role of "villain".

And for every dozen fans who'll hate the bad boy, you'll have one or two who'll love him -precisely because of his dastardly deeds.

Tennis has been getting very dull, recently, personality wise. I for one am delighted to see Tsitsipas going all out for the villain tag. Doubling down on his gamesmanship!

Go Tsitsipas -Prince of Darkness!
 

ibbi

Legend
Hath he who everyone was lining up to proclaim as the new Roger shown himself to be the new Rafa instead? :-D
 
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Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Hath he who everyone was lining up to proclaim as the new Roger shown himself to be the new Rafa instead? :-D
Actually he IS the new Roger. Federer even admitted using a toilet break to cheat at the AO over a decade ago. His worshippers just ignore or excuse his constant gamesmanship.

He was the true villain of the 21st century.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Tennis has been getting very dull, recently, personality wise. I for one am delighted to see Tsitsipas going all out for the villain tag. Doubling down on his gamesmanship!
Nadal fanboy likes gamesmanship, never would have guessed.

Funny thing is, I don't remember guys who were considered "personalities" in tennis like Agassi, Ivanisevic or Safin being famous for potty breaks.
 

NAS

Hall of Fame
I will excuse citybus unless it is proven that he is breaking some law during toilet break
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Nadal fanboy likes gamesmanship, never would have guessed.

Funny thing is, I don't remember guys who were considered "personalities" in tennis like Agassi, Ivanisevic or Safin being famous for potty breaks.
No. It's certainly sad that Tsitsipas doesn't have the showmanship of a Connors, the fire of a McEnroe or the mullet wig of an Agassi and has to rely on sitting on a toilet pan for too long. But you take what you can, these days.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
No. It's certainly sad that Tsitsipas doesn't have the showmanship of a Connors, the fire of a McEnroe or the mullet wig of an Agassi and has to rely on sitting on a toilet pan for too long. But you take what you can, these days.
Have to admit, this made me lol.

A fitting "villain" for the social media gen and this era I guess.
 

Amen786

Semi-Pro
Tennis crowds love to have someone they love to hate. The bad boy. The big mouth. The bad loser. The guy who pulls every gamesmanship trick in the book. Jimbo Connors, Nastase, McEnroe, even lesser talents like Jeff Tarango and Nick Kyrgios have enhanced their profile by taking on the role of "villain".

And for every dozen fans who'll hate the bad boy, you'll have one or two who'll love him -precisely because of his dastardly deeds.

Tennis has been getting very dull, recently, personality wise. I for one am delighted to see Tsitsipas going all out for the villain tag. Doubling down on his gamesmanship!

Go Tsitsipas -Prince of Darkness!
Tsitsipas going from one of the most loved players to one of the most hated players in a very quick duration of time
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
Tsitsipas going from one of the most loved players to one of the most hated players in a very quick duration of time
Well that really shows how bad his antics are doesn’t it ? Most liked him as his game is very likeable which attracts fans but his gamesmanship is awful
 

Amen786

Semi-Pro
Well that really shows how bad his antics are doesn’t it ? Most liked him as his game is very likeable which attracts fans but his gamesmanship is awful
He's basically taking advantage of the loophole in the system to an extent that Atp & ITF would have to reconsider some of the changes & need implementing reforms, which will ultimately hurt players with good sportsmanship who really need a bathroom break or Medical time out.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
He's basically taking advantage of the loophole in the system to an extent that Atp & ITF would have to reconsider some of the changes & need implementing reforms, which will ultimately hurt players with good sportsmanship who really need a bathroom break or Medical time out.
That’s exactly it. Players need medical time outs they travel around the world playing tennis at the highest level in Sun, Cold, Wind etc then have slams which is 5 sets and is gruelling. I understand bathroom breaks as in a 5 set match players obviously will need the toilet but Tsitsipas will get rules brought in that affects the whole tour in a bad way.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
You've got to be a true winner to be a real villain. You've got to win things. Be on top.

If you're irrelevant in a sport, then you're just a dick, a sideshow, a clown.

So outside of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, tennis has no other villains.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
For some reason these toilet break news are really catching on. I was listening to public radio here in Sweden that goes out to all of the country and Tsitsipas and his toilet issues where all over the kids news segment this evening. Tsitsipas will be known to many kids here now as the tennis player with the long toilet breaks. Didn't see that one coming Stefanos!
 
The guy that can't drop turds prior to a match. Always has to unload a truck after losing a set. We need to follow him in there to see what hes REALLY doing.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Tennis crowds love to have someone they love to hate. The bad boy. The big mouth. The bad loser. The guy who pulls every gamesmanship trick in the book. Jimbo Connors, Nastase, McEnroe, even lesser talents like Jeff Tarango and Nick Kyrgios have enhanced their profile by taking on the role of "villain".

And for every dozen fans who'll hate the bad boy, you'll have one or two who'll love him -precisely because of his dastardly deeds.

Tennis has been getting very dull, recently, personality wise. I for one am delighted to see Tsitsipas going all out for the villain tag. Doubling down on his gamesmanship!

Go Tsitsipas -Prince of Darkness!
A djoker fan would like Tsits. Makes sense.
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Med can never be villian, he is more anti hero type and entertaining
His unorthodox game can make him a villain in many people's books...(although I see him as an anti-hero, too)

Which is the problem. Tennis has too many villains right now and not enough heroes.
 
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TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
TItspas is PATHETIC. He will get to the final here IMO. But I will be rooting for Novak to beat Titspas like a drum and make the DESPICABLE Greek cry..
Novak will THRASH him silly.
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
And people told me that Medvedev was the current-era villain. I mean, he literally embraces it.
He's not anymore he's actually turned it around, the USO and Wimbledon crowd actually like him

this would've easily turned out to be a Djokovic-USO like situation (like in 2007) but somehow Medvedev has won their hearts LMAO
 

Adman

Rookie
Cheers for Tsitsipas for refusing to be tennis-canceled. Instead of the ersatz villain Kyrgios, here is a guy who (at least until now) stays true to his word, no matter how you disagree with him. In an era of Big-3 hypocrisy, this is absolutely fantastic news. What's even more awesome? Medvedev being the anti-Tsitsipas. A family guy, already married, who, however, is not afraid to speak his mind, either.

So, perhaps there is a future for men's tennis after all.
 
Why's everyone assUming Tit's is throning and launching logs on his legally allowed convenience intermissions--He's likely changing his sweat soaked Hanes or Bjorn tidy-whities. Would u want him to do this on court?--(u don't have to answer that question). It was not that long ago that Elise Cornet was severely rebuked (not by me) for changing her top on court revealing her sports-bra! It's a double standard, women aren't allowed to change tops on court and men are. Tit's should protest this gender inequality by changing his sweat soiled undies court-side--that would show 'em! This USO is supposed to be all about diversity and openess--would like to see Osaka questioned about this at her next presser.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
No comparison.. Titsipass is a bit boring, personality wise, to be in the same category of villain as Connors, Mac and Kyrgios. His tantrums are at a journeyman apprentice mug level compared to those guys. Taking a couple extra minutes in the john is not grounds for admission into the "greatest tennis villains" club. He's got work to do.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Tennis crowds love to have someone they love to hate. The bad boy. The big mouth. The bad loser. The guy who pulls every gamesmanship trick in the book. Jimbo Connors, Nastase, McEnroe, even lesser talents like Jeff Tarango and Nick Kyrgios have enhanced their profile by taking on the role of "villain".

And for every dozen fans who'll hate the bad boy, you'll have one or two who'll love him -precisely because of his dastardly deeds.

Tennis has been getting very dull, recently, personality wise. I for one am delighted to see Tsitsipas going all out for the villain tag. Doubling down on his gamesmanship!

Go Tsitsipas -Prince of Darkness!
Nope. You can't look at a guy posting cute inspirational quotes on Twitter and trying to give off a clean, classy exterior facade, and claim he's fitting into the villain role.
You want a true "bad boy"? Gimme Medvedev or Shapovalov any day over Tsitsipas. Stef either cuts out the cheating and gets fully into the "baby Fed 2.0" role, or he remains an unlikeable prima donna who is anything but a badass villain.
 

flanker2000fr

Hall of Fame
Nope. You can't look at a guy posting cute inspirational quotes on Twitter and trying to give off a clean, classy exterior facade, and claim he's fitting into the villain role.
You want a true "bad boy"? Gimme Medvedev or Shapovalov any day over Tsitsipas. Stef either cuts out the cheating and gets fully into the "baby Fed 2.0" role, or he remains an unlikeable prima donna who is anything but a badass villain.
It's all fine to post cute videos on social media, but the measure of a man is what he does when under pressure, and of late it's been very unflattering, being the gamesmanship with the toilet break or his laughable defense of them.

To your second point, I think that, by all likelihood, he will continue his metamorphosis into an unlikeable prima donna. That seems in character.
 

Fedeonic

Hall of Fame
He's not anymore he's actually turned it around, the USO and Wimbledon crowd actually like him

this would've easily turned out to be a Djokovic-USO like situation (like in 2007) but somehow Medvedev has won their hearts LMAO
That's why I said that I was told that Meddy was the villain, not that I actually believe it.
While he's not that of a big crowd favourite, he's still resisted somehow when playing more established players like Tsitsitsi and Thiem.
 

MrFlip

Professional
Tennis crowds love to have someone they love to hate. The bad boy. The big mouth. The bad loser. The guy who pulls every gamesmanship trick in the book. Jimbo Connors, Nastase, McEnroe, even lesser talents like Jeff Tarango and Nick Kyrgios have enhanced their profile by taking on the role of "villain".

And for every dozen fans who'll hate the bad boy, you'll have one or two who'll love him -precisely because of his dastardly deeds.

Tennis has been getting very dull, recently, personality wise. I for one am delighted to see Tsitsipas going all out for the villain tag. Doubling down on his gamesmanship!

Go Tsitsipas -Prince of Darkness!
No a villain is someone like Raonic who slides into the net and doesn't acknowledge it.

Tsitsipas is just taking advantage of the rules because he is a subpar player and gets found out against the best of the best.
 
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