Daria Kasatkina sounds off on trash talk debate: Tennis is an intelligent sport


Daria Kasatkina says tennis is “an intelligent sport” and that’s why she is against normalizing trash talk in tennis.

In recent days, there has been a lot of talk regarding trash talk in tennis.

Some players think adding trash talk into tennis would make tennis more entertaining and also help the game make new fans.

Kasatkina, ranked at No 8 in the world, suggests she loves tennis as it is.

“I agree with Ons Jabeur. Tennis is different. I know fighters, basketball, in the US it’s a popular thing. We aren’t from the US so we’re not used to it. I was always educated that tennis is an intelligent sport. So I will go with that,” Kasatkina told Tennis Channel, via The Tennis Letter.

Kasatkina, Paula Badosa on trash talk in tennis

Former world No 2 Badosa was also asked about adding trash talk into tennis.

But Badosa gave a different answer than Kasatkina as the Spaniard said she would have nothing against it.

“I’m in. Yeah, I mean I’m all day talking trash on the court, but no, I mean, it would be totally different. We’re not used to that. I mean, traditionally tennis is, it’s very, like, polite, but why not? It’s a new generation, it could be a change and it could be different and fun. But I don’t know if women could take that. Like maybe they take a little bit more personally, but on men’s side, like, I can see it for sure. On, anything, I mean. First thing that comes to my mind,” Badosa said on Tennis Channel. 

After winning the Miami Open doubles title, Jessica Pegula and Cori Gauff spoke about how adding trash talk into tennis would make the game more interesting.

Since then, a number of players have been asked about the trash talk debate. 

Some agree with Pegula and Gauff, while some think tennis should stay as it is.

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