Tsitsipas being a garbage bag again

#52
I'm just shocked that Shapo noticed, AND realized it was intentional.

I had to watch the video 2 times to see it, and I wasn't running around trying to hit a tennis ball.
same here...first time I've ever noticed anyone doing that. although once i did finally see it, i interpreted it as him tapping it as a result of hitting a crappy shot...kinda like admonishing himself. i often, mid point, am muttering a 'dammit', or something else to myself when i frame something, or just don't get the pop on an easy shot i was attempting...
 

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#53
Ever read Plato? They also invented communism lol!

The most ironic thing about Greek democracy, or democracy in general, is that it was built on the backs of slaves. Can’t sit around arguing all day eating grapes unless the slaves are doing all the work.
Well, that claim can be made in all periods of time by just shifting the vocabulary a bit and sprinkling im some ideological theory for good effect (there are theorists on the left who make it out that the proletariat is similarly exploited and used under capitalism).

Always comes off rather weird seeing outrage at practices in the past under completely different contingent factors. Better to understand why those practices emerged or finally subsided than to pretend that the humans of the time were qualitatively different than moral we (who will be similarly scoffed at in future no doubt).

On a side note, I recently came across a reader of Plato who suggested that The Republic is really meant to be a literary reductio.
 
#66
May the highest power find a way to stop the noise of, a tennis ball hitting the string bed, this sound could be distracting to the efficiency of the mentally challenged.

Aloha
What do you mean 'COULD BE''? It's already happening. Watch any ATP or WTA match on ESPN or the Tennis Channel. The mentally challenged are clearly distracted.
 
#70
Re all the comments about women and the Tsits - I think it's more from a distance. In person his interactions come off very awkward. At Hopman Cup (RIP in peace) he looked like he was trying to hug/kiss Maria Sakkari and she brushed him off.
 
#71
I didn't see any youtube comments, and I don't know why Shpavolovovo was tapping his racquet. Is it because Tsisitpsas did so during the point? why would he have time to do that? Had he given up and was hoping to distract?
 
#72
Dude that's like a thousand years ago.

Current government of Greece is communist.
Totally bro, back then a tiny elite held all the political power, controlled the resources, kept women down, and got to decide who got to be a fully-fledged citizen, banning and deporting anyone deemed unworthy.

Things are different now.....
 
#75
Second time was on purpose. And he did it again in the tiebreak.
I didn't see the tiebreaker but there's no doubt the second tap is deliberate on the video. The first one probably is too. It's a pretty ineffective way of distracting your opponent. Not as bad as unnecessary grunting, but still a possible distraction. If the opponent can hear it so can the umpire. They can have the last laugh with a hindrance call if he ever wins a point doing it. All you need to stamp this kind of thing out is for the officials to make it counterproductive.
 
#80
He taps the racquet twice on the ground. WOW. For all the flack Kyrgios gets, he would never do that. I don't like Tsitsipas at all. If Nick did this people would be losing their minds. It would be an International incident!!
 
#81
I completely missed this behavior from him before. Has he always been like this or this tapping is a recent thing he's doing?

I don't watch watch many of his matches. Maybe it's a good thing.
 
#83
And that’s why I like Nick in that regard. He’s upfront and honest and he has no filter.

I identify strongly with that.
Kyrgios isn't honest. He fakes injury routinely when he's looking for an excuse for a lame performance and denies tanking matches in press conferences when it's plain to anyone watching he's not trying. He's aggressive and abrasive, but far from honest.
 
#85
So.... I know nothing about Tsitipas, whether he's a jerk or not, but if you're distracted by someone tapping their racquet on the court to the point you miss an easy sitter, you have ZERO chance of making it as far as Shapapolov has. I think back to some of the crap I saw in Junior tennis and college tennis and as far as distraction tactics this seems ridiculous.
 
#89
So.... I know nothing about Tsitipas, whether he's a jerk or not, but if you're distracted by someone tapping their racquet on the court to the point you miss an easy sitter, you have ZERO chance of making it as far as Shapapolov has. I think back to some of the crap I saw in Junior tennis and college tennis and as far as distraction tactics this seems ridiculous.
I don't disagree, but it IS against the rules. And rightly so. It's a slippery slope. Tapping a racquet might not seem like much, but if that's allowed, what other possible distractions could be allowed? What if a player yelled out like a linesperson to confuse his opponent before his shot? It's easier to just stamp out everything.
 
#91
I don't disagree, but it IS against the rules. And rightly so. It's a slippery slope. Tapping a racquet might not seem like much, but if that's allowed, what other possible distractions could be allowed? What if a player yelled out like a linesperson to confuse his opponent before his shot? It's easier to just stamp out everything.
That's a good point... I'm just shocked that it was even noticed. With the amount of grunts, groans, sneaker squeeks, and everything else that goes on during a rally, I don't see how Shapapolov even noticed.
 
#93
That's a good point... I'm just shocked that it was even noticed. With the amount of grunts, groans, sneaker squeeks, and everything else that goes on during a rally, I don't see how Shapapolov even noticed.
Yeah, I had to watch the video like three times to see it myself. But I imagine Shapovalov is primed to notice it given their time together on the junior tour – even if they didn't meet a whole lot in matches, they no doubt knew each other and knew each other's games and heard whatever gossip was going around the locker room, etc. On top of being a hyper-focused athlete in the first place.
 
#99
at 4:02 (see top comment)
Tsits was just applauding a bit early for the quality of Shapo’s I/O forehand approach.

I keep watching the highlights for the srshs sized phan in a green shirt applauding either the quality of Tsits’ earlier ohbh cc winner or the free gulab jamun policy after midnight.
 
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