Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Australia: Must not suggest that bad sportsman is Greek

OLYMPIC legend Dawn Fraser has launched a tirade on polarising Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios after his Wimbledon loss.

Fraser, a four-time gold medallist and one of the country’s most celebrated athletes, was questioned about Kyrgios’ performance in his fourth-round defeat against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Kyrgios was accused of tanking after clearly making no effort to return serve in the third game of the second set during his 7-5 6-1 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (8-6) loss.

“It’s absolutely disgusting. I am so shocked to think that he went out there to play and he tanked … that’s terrible,” Fraser told Channel 9’s The Today Show.

But Fraser did not stop there, going on to suggest both Kyrgios and his fellow Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic should “go back where there parents came from”.

Born in Canberra, Kyrgios is the son of a Greek-born father and Malaysian-born mother. Tomic is German-born with a Croatian father and Bosnian mother.

Fraser was immediately criticised on Twitter over the outburst.



Bird of Paradise said...

The thought and languge police strike

Olaf Koenders said...

What tennis match? Where? Was there an audience? Yawn..

Anonymous said...

Dawn is hardly a role model for perfect behaviour by sportspeople.

Olaf Koenders said...


I thought we called ourselves the "human race". So how could any flaming regarding colour or country of origin be considered racist?