American Reilly Opelka is the latest tennis star to cop a serve for venting his pre-Australian Open frustrations, claiming “nobody feels welcome” in Melbourne.
Opelka wasn’t even among the 72 players forced into two weeks of hard quarantine and was allowed to train for up to five hours for the Open and the week-long Melbourne Summer Series preceding the season’s first grand slam.
But that didn’t stop the world No.40 from taking to social media for a moan.
“Nobody here feels welcome. But its too late, I have flown across the world. Would be pointless for me to go home now three days before the AO,” Opelka said when reminded he was under no obligation to compete.
“Well im not going to go home after all this. I didn’t realize how it didn’t make sense for us to be in Australia in the first place, till after I got here. Never fun being somewhere you aren’t welcome.”
Well im not going to go home after all this. I didn’t realize how it didn’t make sense for us to be in Australia in the first place, till after I got here. Never fun being somewhere you aren’t welcome. https://t.co/r4yQ9RKB9G
— Reilly Opelka (@ReillyOpelka) February 4, 2021
Despite copping some public backlash, Opelka did receive support from Nick Kyrgios’s coach Matt Reid.
“I’m happy you came Reilly,” Reid posted with an emoji of a face throwing a kiss.
Opelka’s whining comes a week after Australian Open tournament boss Craig Tiley reminded players they had the opportunity to compete for a record $80 million in prize money at the rescheduled slam.
First-round losers are guaranteed $100,000 after Tennis Australia paid the bill to fly in players from all over the world for the Melbourne major.