Video: Swiatek, Auger-Aliassime and other tennis stars pay compliments to their peers in Cincinnati
A number of tennis stars paid rich compliments to some of their peers, including Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, in a recent video shared on social media by the official account of the Western & Southern Open.
Players including Iga Swiatek, Emma Raducanu, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Tommy Paul, among others, were asked to compliment any one player on the tour and also provide their rationale behind the praise.
Unsurprisingly, Swiatek, a well-known fan of Nadal, heaped praise on the Spaniard, calling him the GOAT (Greatest of all time).
"My compliment is for Rafa because he's just the GOAT," Swiatek said.
When it was Auger-Aliassime's turn, he picked the younger Williams sister and expressed his gratitude to the American for inspiring countless people, including himself.
"My compliment to Serena Williams would be just thanking her for everything she's done in tennis - the icon she is and how she's inspired myself and many others," Auger-Aliassime said.
Paul picked compatriot Coco Gauff, albeit for a hilarious reason - her on-court fashion style.
"My compliment is for Coco cuz I always love the New Balance fit she's got on," Tommy Paul said.
Raducanu complimented Andrey Rublev's ball-striking ability, recalling how the Russian's raw power once enamored her during a practice session.
"One person that comes to mind, practicing next to Andrey Rublev and just seeing how hard he hits the ball," Raducanu said. "I was watching him practice - like stopping my practice to watch his practice then like trying to hit my forehand fast too. It sort of helped, I was hitting it bigger but like not Rublev big you know."
Garbine Muguruza picked Gael Monfils and said that the Frenchman has the uncanny ability to make her smile even in tough moments.
"So my compliment is to Gael Monfils because he always finds a way to make me smile even if I'm upset on court," Muguruza said. "So he has that talent."