Jordan Thompson details why tennis is 'the most messed-up sport ever'

Thompson, 29, has been a pro tennis player since 2013.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jordan Thompson details why tennis is 'the most messed-up sport ever'
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World No 51 Jordan Thompson says definitely not everything is glamorous about being a pro tennis player as he feels it is "the most messed-up sport ever." Thompson, an Australian tennis player, says being away from home for 10 months and constantly traveling from one place to another is not an easy thing since there are often certain issues he faces Thompson, 29, turned pro in 2013.

Since then, Thompson has managed to make a solid career for himself and establish himself as a regular participant in the main-level ATP events. “It [being away for so long] sucks. When you first leave; that’s probably the hardest thing – but then, I guess, you get used to it.

I leave pretty much from the Australian Open until the end of October. I don’t think people get [what you have to do]. They think it’s glamorous, but it’s certainly not glamorous, especially when you get flight delays, lose your bags, and you’re staying in a s---hole," Thompson told WAtoday.

Thompson on why tennis is 'the most messed-up sport ever'

This summer, Thompson clinched his 100th ATP win and now he owns a 102-129 record. “It’s brutal. I read a stat before, where only the top 30 or 40 guys have winning percentages, like points-wise, in the year, so even when you’re winning matches, you’re losing more points [within those matches].

It’s the most messed-up sport ever," Thompson said. Meanwhile, Thompson is set for his eighth US Open main draw appearance. In this year's US Open first round, Thompson will be taking on Botic van de Zandschulp. When Thompson and van de Zandschulp meet at Flushing Meadows, it will be their first-ever meeting.

Thompson's best US Open result came in 2016 when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Borna Coric. It remains to be seen how well can Thompson do this year.

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