Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo caught up with Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas and he took the opportunity send a message to Australian Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios, a six-time ATP champion, is a huge basketball lover and has a great appreciation for Greek basketball superstar Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo, who knows who is Kyrgios very well, jokingly told the Australian he was his favorite tennis player but now it’s 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. “So, Nick you were my favorite like tennis athlete, player, whatever it’s called, but now it’s Nadal because I just love him, I love him, sorry,” Antetokounmpo told Kyrgios.
Kyrgios and Nadal have a great rivalry
2 Nadal leads the head-to-head record against Kyrgios 5-3. In the past, Kyrgios has had some big wins over Nadal but also at times expressed his displeasure with the Spaniard. Antetokounmpo’s message came just days after Nadal won his record 13th French Open but the Greek basketball superstar certainly had no bad intentions as he was simply joking with a big basketball fan Kyrgios.
Antetokounmpo, a back-to-back NBA MVP, returned to Greece after the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Tsitsipas, ranked on a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, also returned to Greece after losing to world No.
1 Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinal last week. Tsitsipas contracted the edema injury and now is taking a bit of time to recover. “Unfortunately, I’ve had a minor injury in my leg, but I’ve had an MRI and examined it thoroughly.
Following my doctor’s feedback, I decided to withdraw from St. Petersburg, take a week off and prepare for Vienna,” Tsitsipas said in his statement. “I look forward to playing there, in Paris, and in London.
I’m so pumped to have the opportunity to defend my title there.” Last week, Tsitsipas said he would be nobody if he wasn’t winning. “It’s a very good question actually. I was thinking about it the other day.
Well, let’s take it this way. If I wouldn’t win, if I wouldn’t be winning, I wouldn’t be part of what I am now. I wouldn’t be part of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. I wouldn’t be, let’s call it, a celebrity in my country.
No one would knew me. It’s all because of winning, of succeeding, managing to find ways to win matches,” Tsitsipas explained, when asked why winning or losing means so much to him, per Tennis Majors.