Tennis fans need to TIGHTEN UP!

Tennis fans need to TIGHTEN UP!

There are many legitimate reasons to be infuriated by and at underachieving tennis star Nick Kyrgios. But his underhand serve for an ace against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon is not one of them.

The fact that the shot produced an ace and then another missed return by Nadal proves that the tricky serve was a good strategy. It’s just like a drop shot at any other time in the rally.

So, why the outrage?

The reaction to Kyrgios’ successful play reminded me of Pete Rose complaining that Gene Garber threw a curveball to get him out and end his 44-game hitting streak. Rose said, “Garner was pitching like it was the seventh game of the World Series.”

Garber’s perfect response was, “I had an idea Pete was hitting like it was the last game of the World Series.”

You’ve heard similar complaints about a hitter breaking up a no-hitter with a bunt. Getting on base and trying to win the game any way possible is what the hitter is supposed to do.

It’s like saying a football team shouldn’t pass on fourth-and-short because the defense was expecting a run. Ridiculous.

Dislike Kyrgios for disrespecting the game, his opponents and the fans in many other ways. But those who complain that he shouldn’t employ a serve that actually works should Tighten Up.

Who do you think needs to Tighten Up? Call in and the best and most entertaining suggestion will win a $25 gift card to Rooster’s restaurant on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Tighten Up.

Randy Kennedy