When I think of the greatest female athlete of all time, names like Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, Steffi Graf, Cathy Freeman and Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee come to mind.
A lot has been made of the Australian Olympic Chef De Mission’s comments regarding Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.
Kyrgios returned serve recently, daring her not to pick him in the Olympic team.
The Australian media has roundly backed Kitty Chiller (the Chef De Mission), and condemned Kyrgios, stating that it’d be a ‘disgrace’ if he and Tomic represented their country.
This is the problem with the Australian sporting media. They are too often lazy and inaccurate in their criticism.
The fact is, Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour has been fine since the Australian Open – three and a half months ago.
Since then, he’s done nothing but make the quarters and semis of big tournaments, win his first ATP title and beat top 10 players regularly.
Yet, when Bernard Tomic misbehaves (as he did last week), the media and the Chef De Mission lump Kyrgios in with him.
This is poor leadership from Chiller. As a leader, one is meant to offer positive reinforcement when someone is performing well, as Kyrgios has been doing.
Instead, Chiller ‘bought the bull’ from the media and condemned Nick for something he hasn’t done recently.
Could you imagine the NRL boss condemning Mitchell Pearce for his past, three and a half months after he returned to the NRL, if he has behaved and played well since returning?
It’s no wonder Waleed Aly won the Gold Logie on Sunday, as I’m sure people (whether they agree with his views or not) are thrilled to see some intelligent, well researched journalism in Australia for a change. It is a far cry from the inaccuracy and dog whistling of the Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph.