Reilly Opelka defends Frances Tiafoe: "I think it's a joke!"

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Reilly Opelka defends Frances Tiafoe: "I think it's a joke!"

US tennis player Reilly Opelka has been one of the most important tennis players in the stars and stripes of recent years. The expert tennis player was recently stopped by physical problems and Reilly hasn't played any tournaments since the last Citi Open 2022.

Opelka was, together with Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, one of the commentators of the Laver Cup and was the protagonist of a new role. In the last few hours Opelka has been the protagonist of a curious social confrontation where he was forced 'to take the field virtually' to defend his friend and compatriot Frances Tiafoe.

Frances Tiafoe paired with Jack Sock in the doubles match against Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, a match that went down in history as the last challenge on a tennis court of the Swiss legend. The two Americans won the match and were subsequently attacked by numerous controversies.

Tiafoe and Sock received incredibly accusations also for the victory while others attacked Tiafoe for the too aggressive style: during the match Tiafoe almost always aimed at the body of the two opponents to take stock, sometimes a situation that the social fans have judged excessive.

and they criticized harshly. After the Laver Cup match, some fans on social media attacked Tiafoe hard and Opelka responded between disbelief and annoyance with various social messages. Regarding Tiafoe's strong body responses, Opelka replied: "You can't come up with stuff like that.

I think it's definitely a joke." Social media users responded by saying that they didn't want Federer and Nadal to win at all costs, but neither did Sock and Tiafoe realize this, trying to hit the two legends at eye level.

A situation that the former tennis player Adriano Panatta also agrees. The Italian legend has in fact attacked the US players and he declared: "They were villains, those two Americans continually threw full force in the face of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

It was a lack of respect and they only did this because they were unable to do anything else. They are troglodytes of tennis but above all villains towards two tennis players, champions, who have made the history of this sport."