Iga Swiatek continues to assert her dominance in the WTA tour. The world number 1 has held her ranking for 70 consecutive weeks now and it seems like she could be hard to dethrone. By adding the Warsow Open title to her cabinet, she has also reigned supreme in front of her home crowd. Almost, like nothing could go wrong for the 22-year-old at the moment, right?
However, a former tennis player has managed to demean Swiatek’s accolades. Jimmy Arias who also happens to be a commentator for Tennis Channel was critical of the Pole’s on-court attire. His disrespectful comments received plenty of flak from the fans as they came to the world number 1’s rescue.
Twitterati blasts Iga Swiatek’s critics
Arias tried to belittle Swiatek right after her triumph in Warsaw. He said, “ I don’t think she’s been great for women’s tennis bc she wears her hat so low that you can’t even see her face or eyes during the match, so you don’t get a connection as much as you could… I want to see her personality.”
Jimmy Arias says Iga Swiatek isn’t great for tennis:
“I don’t think she’s been great for women’s tennis bc she wears her hat so low that you can’t even see her face or eyes during the match, so you don’t get a connection as much as you could… I want to see her personality” pic.twitter.com/g9LD90wS9y
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) July 30, 2023
One thing about tennis fans is that they would always defend the top players of the sport. Arias was not going to escape fans’ wrath here as they questioned his ridiculous take.
Who’s Jimmy Arias and what’s his problem? You’d never hear someone say that about an ATP player let’s be honest https://t.co/JO6RzQXlby
— ☘️ (@returnofserve) July 30, 2023
A fan pointed out the level of scrutiny women have to face in sports.
the level of scrutiny women face in this sport is genuinely ridiculous https://t.co/hEFxiqT0y6
— yemz (@mindofsi) July 30, 2023
“Can’t get much dumber than that.” These words could be enough to describe Arias’ opinion.
Nincompoop says Swiatek isn’t good for tennis because of how she wears her hat. Can’t get much dumber than that, folks. https://t.co/ako4nt4aPy
— Pro1010 (@Paparendre) July 31, 2023
Another fan came to Swiatek’s rescue and mentioned how she is an example for the rest of the tour.
She leads by example in so many ways. How often do you see her lose her rag, smash her racquet or show disrespect to her opponent? She’s all class and a great player. That’s her personality and that is fine by me.
— Zaafao (@Zaafao) July 30, 2023
“Easily the front runner for the most nonsensical tennis opinion of the year..!“, said a fan after completely disagreeing with Arias.
Easily the front runner for the most nonsensical tennis opinion of the year..!
— Yajnaseni (@desi_brat) July 30, 2023
A fan also posted an image of Arias’ mediocre tennis career as compared to Swiatek’s illustrious one to humiliate the former, while telling him to “grill some wings“.
Yeaahhh… with this kind of record…just shut up and grill some wings… pic.twitter.com/JjcVG21gXg
— jackhej (@jackhej1) July 30, 2023
Well, alongside the fans, there was another popular tennis figure who came to Swiatek’s defense. But who else defended the world number 1 here?
Australian tennis Ace ridicules Jimmy Arias
Well, Nick Kyrgios is the first name that comes to one’s mind while talking about Australian tennis. He is usually known for his controversial takes himself, but today the Aussie was with the general public. He replies to Arias’ quote and said, “Another horrible take 😂“. The 28-year-old does not usually tweet in defense of players. However, the absurd hatred of the world number 1, forced the controversial Aussie star to lash out at the commentator.
Another horrible take 😂
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 30, 2023
Did you expect Nick Kyrgios to defend Iga Swiatek? Do let us know in the comments.