"Critique this man for just about anything": Ben Shelton passionately celebrating sees heavy criticism as fans defend American

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Sunday, 03 March 2024 at 02:00
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Fans rallied to defend Ben Shelton following criticism of his controversial celebration against Casper Ruud at the Mexican Open. The 21-year-old tennis player engaged in an electrifying quarterfinal, but ultimately, the Norwegian secured the victory with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-4 triumph in two and a half hours.
Young Shelton faced scrutiny for passionately celebrating a net cord that allowed him to save a set point against Ruud. Many tennis players and fans believe that such points should not be celebrated in this manner, as it may be deemed disrespectful to the opponent, considering the unpredictable nature of net play.
A user shared a clip of the incident and criticized Shelton for his behavior towards Ruud: "‘Ben Shelton is a good kid.’ Also, Ben Shelton celebrating a net cord point like he won a grand slam and proceeding to talk sh*t to the nicest guy on tour. Ben Shelton loses 7-6, 4-6, 4-6. Will he ever humble himself?" the user posted.
"Man this kid is SO unlikeable hahaha. Like even if he was best friends with Djokovic, he’d still be so cringe with this ugly attitude.. He’ll grow up I hope, just like Kyrgios did," other user wrote.

Man this kid is SO unlikeable hahaha. Like even if he was best friends with Djokovic, he’d still be so cringe with this ugly attitude.. He’ll grow up I hope, just like Kyrgios did.

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@Ethanio_

“Ben Shelton is a good kid” Also Ben Shelton celebrating a net cord point like he won a grand slam and proceeding to talk shit to the nicest guy on tour. Ben Shelton loses 7-6, 4-6, 4-6. Will he ever humble himself?

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Most fans responded by defending Shelton, highlighting that his celebration came at a crucial moment in the match, saving a set point. Many argued that his exuberance was justified, especially considering it led to him winning the first set of the encounter, gaining an advantage over the former world No. 2.
Here are some fan reactions supporting Ben Shelton:

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he's not celebrating a net cord, he's celebrating SAVING SET POINT to equalize the tiebreaker. if that's not worth celebrating, then i don't know what is. strange how people have these double standards for one of the only mixed race players at the top of the tour.

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im not even his fan but some of yall literally force yourself to see anything wrong with it. seeing such reactions in tight tiebreaks is common, even if there was an intense rally that ended with an opponent's error. don't look for and create problems where there are none.

Ethan
Ethan
@Ethanio_

“Ben Shelton is a good kid” Also Ben Shelton celebrating a net cord point like he won a grand slam and proceeding to talk shit to the nicest guy on tour. Ben Shelton loses 7-6, 4-6, 4-6. Will he ever humble himself?

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Novak Fans are doing to Shelton what Fedal Fans did to Novak in the last 15 years. Get a life let the kid be what he wants.

Ethan
Ethan
@Ethanio_

“Ben Shelton is a good kid” Also Ben Shelton celebrating a net cord point like he won a grand slam and proceeding to talk shit to the nicest guy on tour. Ben Shelton loses 7-6, 4-6, 4-6. Will he ever humble himself?

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