Five best sledges in sport following Kyrgios’ Wawrinka insult
After Tennis’ newest bad boy Nick Kyrgios recently said some petty insults towards Stan Wawrinka under his breath at the Montreal Rogers Cup, Coral writers pick out five more quick-witted comments.
Sledging is usually second-nature to Australians, so 80/1 US Open chance Kyrgios somewhat let down his compatriots and even broke the unwritten rule of dragging others into it.
The 20-year-old said: “[Thanasi] Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate,” referring to his Davis Cup teammate and Wawrinka’s reported new partner Croatian player Donna Vekic.
Kyrgios did eventually win the match, as the Swiss had to eventually retire due to injury, not the comments as he would’ve only known after the clash. Here are five far more effective sledges.
Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier
The Greatest’s rivalry with Smokin’ Joe was one of the best in sport, as these boxing colossi faced three epics against each other during their careers.
These fights, though, were known as much for the battles in the ring as well as the words said in the build-up by the ever-confident Ali. He may have lost the first ‘Fight of the Century’ on points after 15 rounds, but eventually overcame Frazer at the ‘Super Fight II’ and ‘Thrilla in Manila’.
“Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head,” and “Joe Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife,” were two particular personal comments that irked Frazer.
“It will be a Killa and a Thrilla and a Chilla when I get The Gorilla in Manila,” was also a favourite of Ali’s.
Daryll Cullinan to Shane Warne
Sometimes the best sledges are the ones that are said in reply, and South African batsman Cullinan achieved this in response to Australian great Warne.
A rather portly Warne said to Cullinan, who had returned from a long spell out injured: “I’ve been waiting two years for the opportunity to humiliate you in front of your own crowd”.
To which the South African replied: “Looks like you spent it eating”. Boom!
Jerzy Dudek to AC Milan
Everyone remembers what is widely renowned as the greatest ever football, let alone Champions League, final as 6/5 top four Premier League shouts Liverpool came back from 3-0 down at half-time to force the game to penalties.
Dudek was the hero of the match, and his wondersave against Andriy Shevchenko just before the end of play was overshadowed by his exploits in the shoot-out. His sledging didn’t require words, as his Bruce Grobbelaar-esque dance put off the Milan kick-takers to help the Reds claim their fifth European Cup.
Andrew Flintoff to Tino Best
In an international between England and the West Indies, Freddie Flintoff decided to provoke usual bowler but big-hitter Best.
Flintoff said: “Mind the windows, Tino!” before the Windies star came way out of his crease in an attempt to smash a six, but he completely missed and instead was stumped by wicketkeeper Geraint Jones. The England iconic all-rounder was left laughing for the next few overs.
Marco Materazzi to Zinedine Zidane
Versions vary as to what the Italy centre back said to provoke France legend Zidane to headbutt his chest in the 2006 World Cup final, but it was apparently along the lines of his mother and the player being a terrorist.
It clearly worked, as not only was Zidane sent off in extra-time, but Les Bleus went onto lose on penalties.