The controversial tennis star himself, Nick Kyrgios, has criticized Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem over comments Thiem made about pay for lower-ranked players.
Due to the fact that tennis has been suspended, many players not ranked in the elite spots of the sport, have been put in a financially unstable position. However, many top players have stepped up to help these players out. But, Thiem has made it very clear that he will not be one of those players helping out.
In an interview with the Austrian media, Thiem said, “Quite honestly I have to say that no tennis player will be fighting to survive, even those who are much lower-ranked.”
“None of them are going to starve.” (There are) many, many players who don’t put the sport above everything else and don’t live in a professional manner. I wouldn’t really see why I should give such players money.”
“None of us top players got anything handed to us, we all had to fight our way up.” “I don’t have the guarantee in any job that I will do well and earn lots of money, that’s my opinion on the matter.”
Nick Kyrgios did not take kindly to the comments, even though he was not put in a bad situation due to the suspension. In spite of his sometimes brash behavior, Kyrgios has shown to be very kind at heart when it comes to helping others.
“He (Thiem) still doesn’t understand the point. We at the top get paid far too much and there is not enough to go around, it’s about helping where we can, professional or unprofessional, put yourself in their shoes.”
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