Nick Kyrgios rips tennis authorities amid sight of empty seats at Jannik Sinner match

Kyrgios reacts to a photo showing poor attendance at Sinner's Miami third-round match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nick Kyrgios rips tennis authorities amid sight of empty seats at Jannik Sinner match
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Nick Kyrgios thinks the stands being nearly empty for Jannik Sinner's Miami Masters match against Tallon Griekspoor can be blamed on tennis' "poor marketing" and the sport "not doing things the right way."

On Sunday, No. 2 seed Sinner defeated 25th-seeded Griekspoor 5-7 7-5 6-1 in the Miami third round. 

With Novak Djokovic not competing at this year's Miami edition and Sinner having the most success in 2024, the 22-year-old Italian came to Miami considered among the top favorites for the title. But when Sinner's match against Griekspoor started on Stadium, one fan couldn't help himself but notice that the majority of the seats were empty. 

"Almost empty stadium in Sinner's match in Miami. Will anyone believe that he's the reigning Australian Open champion," the fan wrote on X. 

Kyrgios noticed the post and gave his take: "Unfortunately tennis hasn’t been marketed or been done the right way."

Kyrgios thinks it's poor marketing, some think it's rain

On Friday and Saturday, Miami's daily schedule was impacted by rain. On Sunday, all scheduled matches for the day finished but there was a rain delay again. 

On X, some fans suggested that weather conditions in Miami in recent days may have had an impact on not many people coming to watch Sinner's match against Griekspoor. 

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Jannik Sinner© Getty Images Sport - Brennan Asplen

But most importantly for Sinner, he was able to survive a serious scare and came back from a set down and beat Griekspoor. Sinner - who defeated Griekspoor in straight sets in their first three meetings before Miami - gave credit to the Dutch for his performance and admitted he was happy to escape with a win.

"For sure it's an amazing playing. I knew more or less what to expect. I had some chances also in the first set. He handled it better than I did. That was the way," Sinner said after the match.

"The second set, I tried to stay a little bit more aggressive. I started off also feeling a little bit better. Then the rain came. After it changed a little bit. Really happy how I handled the situation on the court.

"Yeah, just happy about the win today, and that's it."

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