Andre Agassi called Stefanos Tsitsipas the best player in the world, but he was left to regret his words on Thursday after the 19-year-old Greek player fell to an early exit from the U.S. Open.
Andre Agassi calls Stefanos Tsitsipas best player in the world. He ended up lost in the second round. pic.twitter.com/pWIRW6ZXyI — Colin Fleming (@cbflem61) September 7, 2017
Tsitsipas, who seemed to have two opponents for his own age at Flushing Meadows, failed to replicate his startling run to the last eight at Wimbledon.
Here, the 19-year-old displayed some of the best tennis of his career against two big-hitting veterans in Roger Federer and Marin Cilic.
Unfortunately for Tsitsipas, neither of the world No. 2’s had the legs to muster much more than a few consolation points over the ensuing 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 defeat.
“For me it was a pleasure to be in the same court as Tsitsipas,” Agassi wrote on Twitter in a statement released after the match. “He truly is the best player I’ve seen in the world. I lost respect for Tsitsipas when he stopped being respectful to Federer.”
Agassi’s tweet drew criticism from a number of tennis fans, who were quick to praise the rising Greek star for his fine tennis.
“If Agassi actually did what he just said he was about to write, and acted like that, he would’ve gotten a million likes,” Julian Onufrak wrote on Twitter.