5 tennis players who could win an Oscar
This may not be hers, but those 21 Grand Slams certainly areWhile many of the best tennis players in the world are now known for being quiet, calm and collected on court, several others are notorious for their dramatics.Some players scream, some cry, others argue a point like their lives depend on it, or perhaps just because they can.Now that Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Oscar, let's take a look at some tennis players who could win awards for their own histrionics.Without further ado, the nominees are:
#6 (Dis)honourable mention: Nick Kyrgios
Nominated for: Rogers Cup 2015, against Stan Wawrinka
The Academy Awards don't have a category for Best Negative Character, a category Bollywood is enamoured with. But if it did, that title would go firmly to Nick Kyrgios. Tennis’ poster boy for tantrums, either unintentionally or by design, the young Australian’s foul temper and on-court tirades have overshadowed his obvious tennis skill.
He uses profanity on court with complete impunity, and indulges in behaviour that is strictly against the code of conduct at nearly every venue he has played so far.
It’s difficult to pinpoint one exact moment of Kyrgios’ dirty behaviour because of their sheer volume. He has destroyed racquets, cursed at umpires, opponents and dropped f-bombs with abandon, but perhaps his most infamous and vile moment came at the Australian’s Rogers Cup match against Swiss ace Stan Wawrinka in 2015.
The World No. 4, struggling with a bad back, had won the first set but lost the second, and had been trailing Kyrgios 2-0 in the third. Unbeknownst to Wawrinka, the Australian 20-year-old made a crude remark about his opponent’s rumoured partner, tennis player Donna Vekic, and Kyrgios’ own Davis Cup teammate Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Wawrinka eventually retired from that match due to a back strain, and even shook hands with Kyrgios as the pair left court, unaware at the time of his remarks.
Spectators and press had caught on to Kyrgios’ crude jibe, however, and he was quizzed about it before he had a chance to leave court.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, and characteristically of a movie villain, Kyrgios was completely unashamed and unapologetic, insinuating that Wawrinka deserved the remark.
The Swiss was obviously displeased when he found out about the remarks, but took the high ground, only addressing them to suggest Kyrgios ha dbeen out of line and should be fined.
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old played himself, perhaps an eclectic mix of film's most obnoxious characters – the spoiled children from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Mean Girls’ Regina George, with a good mix of the immature Steve Stifler from American Pie thrown in for good measure.
And it's something he continues to do.
None for you, Nick Kyrgios!