Sportmanship from a Sportsman?!


What does it say about the state of sport that a display of sportsmanship from a sportsman provokes banner headlines around the world? I am referring – in case you’ve been living in a cave – to Nick Kyrgios’s advice to his opponent, Tomas Berdych, to challenge an “Out!” call made against him.  The word “amazing” was used in many of the headlines.

Kick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

Wasn’t there once a time when it would have been amazing if a sportsman, professional or amateur, had not taken issue with an umpire’s decision that he considered wrong, irrespective of whether that decision  favoured his opponent or himself?  Or am I remembering a golden age that only ever existed in fairy tales?