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“It seems to be a uniquely American thing” – Tennis fans divided over behavior of Tiafoe and Sock during Laver Cup

Although Francis Tiafoe has been playing the best tennis of his career for the past 30 days, the American came under fire when he and compatriot Jack Sock beat the duo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the recently concluded Laver Cup.

In Federer’s last match as a professional tennis player on Friday night, he teamed up with Nadal against the Americans. During the match, Tiafoe struck two forehands at his opponents one after another. As the ball hit Federer’s arm, the Spaniard fell to the ground to save himself.

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Moreover, Tiafoe also made “Greek yogurt” references to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat him on Sunday to help his team emerge victorious. The tennis world found itself divided, with some defending the duo’s actions, calling them “part of the game,” while others questioned why American fans would accept bad sportsmanship.

“Why do Americans accept bad sportsmanship so much? Why do you accept and even celebrate the antics on the court of people like McEnroe, Kyrgios and Williams? Finding bad behavior and rudeness is apparently a good thing,” one fan wrote.


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Most Americans disapprove of the bad behavior in court, another user responded. Also, Nick Kyrgios is not American. Nor were Benoit Baer, ​​Publik and many other players who tanked or threw fits on the field. If you were to go back to the McEnroe era, it would be hard to outsmart Eli Nastas’ behavior on and off the field.”

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“Or the Americans don’t have a class,” said another fan. “They can go both ways.”

Another fan wrote: “Europeans: Greek yoghurt is unacceptable xenophobia. Europeans: throw bananas at black athletes.”

“Americans are known for their worst jokes anyway,” one user said.

Tiafoe made it clear after the tournament that he would not apologize for his actions, and humorously added that Federer had a lot to apologize for after dominating the ring for more than two decades.

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