Tennis Star Unmasked As Far-Right Follower

Business Insider reports:

After being knocked out from the Australian Open in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, American breakout tennis star Tennys Sandgren blasted the media for its coverage of him in recent days. Sandgren, 26, made a surprise run through the Australian Open, but faced scrutiny over past Twitter use that seemed to support the alt-right movement.

Previous tweets and retweets from Sandgren’s account showed him debating Pizzagate, arguing that the media was not covering Hillary Clinton engaging in Satanic rituals, and interacting with alt-right media members, one of whom attended the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In his post-match press conference, Sandgren read a prepared statement from his phone. “You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” Sandgren said. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.

Sandren claims that since he is a “firm Christian” he cannot be a supporter of the far-right. But he’s also deleted his tweets. Meanwhile he’s drawn fire from Serena Williams after calling her “disgusting” for cursing during a match.

  • David

    There are a lot of evil people out there.
    Many of them are hiding in plain sight.

  • Tawreos

    They love to follow and parrot alt- right talking points…until they are called out on them and then they get so indignant about it.

    • basementmatt

      “I’m sorry I got caught”

      • Todd20036

        Reminds me of when I pulled up my fly too quickly…

        • MT YVR

          One of the many many reasons I adore button flies.

          I also ADORE the pop-pop-pop-TOY SURPRISE effect… but.. um. What were we talking about?

        • basementmatt

          *winces in sympathy*

    • clay

      “How dare you treat me as if I’m part of the group with whom I’ve associated myself!”

      • zhera

        Don’t put me in a box! I’m a Christian, I don’t belong in a box!”

    • Todd20036

      Right? You want to be a Nazi? Fine, but deal with the consequences. Seeing as how you hate nearly everyone, I guess you can join the Nazi tennis leagues.

      If there isn’t one, well guess what, if you hate everyone else so much, then I guess that means you hate their money too

    • Chuck in NYC

      This tells us he was just beaten in the quarterfinals but not by whom.

      It was by South Korean Hyeon Chung. And it was in straight sets, too.

    • olandp

      I liked the “I’m an individual” part, as their whole point is that everyone has to be the same and march in lockstep.

  • The_Wretched

    Schools need to have a class on identifying what evidence means and how we can tell where on the political spectrum(s) people lie.

  • Tomcat

    If you don’t want credit for your actions, then change your actions.

  • JoeMyGod

    I just can’t get over a tennis player named Tennys.

    • Gustav2

      Programmed from birth?

      • AmeriCanadian

        More like pushed. Living vicariously through your children should be a crime.

    • basementmatt

      In England his boy-child would be Lord Tennys’ son.

      • Droz

        Dammit, that was too good.

      • Nic Peterson

        His son, if named Alfred, we’ll you get the rest.

        • basementmatt

          I’ll take as much rest as I can get.

      • Gerry Fisher


        • basementmatt

          You’re welcome.

          • Bob Conti

            Thanks folks, I’m here all week, try the roast beef! It’s great and don’t forget to tip your servers, they work hard for their money.

          • basementmatt

            I’m happy to give my server the tip.

      • Lizard

        I think I actually just saw my brain.

        Well played.

        (So to speak.)

        • basementmatt


    • Sam_Handwich

      Although Tennys Sandgren is a tennis player from Tennessee, he is
      actually named after his great-grandfather who did not play tennis and
      was not from Tennessee.[4] His mother is South African.

      still trying to wrap my head around that.

      • FAEN

        Then this will blow your mind. Ben Mclachlan is a tennis player who represents, wait for it-JAPAN.

      • jerry

        I’m…so confused.

    • safari

      If only Track such ambition.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        He’s always on the run.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        But Tripp & Barstool have lived up to their namesake’s.

        Hard to say what will become of Truck though

        • carrot festival

          Mama done cut his brake lines.

        • BillyDee4

          Future prison botch.

      • Will Parkinson

        Maybe he does on the Field.

      • carrot festival

        I’m sure his son Beerpong disagrees with you.

    • clay
    • Tom Furgas

      There used to be a curator of Arms and Armor at the Met Museum whose name was Helmut Nickel.

      • Snarkaholic

        The exterminator who did the pre-purchase inspection on my home is named Rich Ratty.

    • FAEN

      He’s South African but born here.

      • sequel

        I’m South African. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the name “Tennys”.

        • FAEN

          Interesting. I’d never heard of it before but just thought it was one of those things.

          OT-That Afrikaans accent just makes me melt.

          • sequel

            Hehe. Many languages spoken here, and as it happens, it’s my first language. When I speak English, I try to do so without an Afrikaans accent. Definitely lost much of it, but it’s still there. Especially when I’m tired.

          • FAEN

            Had a friend in college from Cape Town who played tennis. He was hot but the accent literally drove me to distraction lol.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent
    • Nic Peterson

      I can’t get over people thinking they are invisible online.

    • Professor Barnhardt

      That’s an aptonym:

      My favorite: professional bull rider Ryan Dirteater.

      Moved here to reflect that this is a reply to JMG’s comment.

  • Gustav2

    He doesn’t realize he is the Borg.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    A ” Firm Christian ” ?

    But not a hard christian ??

  • Lumpy Gaga

    So much mess in one little man.

  • j.martindale

    You don’t want people to judge your political extremism? I suggest you don’t advertise it in the social media.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Did the parents of Tennys want him to be a tennis star or what ?

    • Gustav2

      It was his great grandfathers name according to his Wiki


    Yeah, we’ve seen what so called christians can also be. Calling yourself a christian does not nullify being a racist asshole.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Wreck his career.

    ETA: The comment was meant to be “It’ll wreck his career” but my big mitts and a phone screen don’t exactly harmonize well. Before I realized and corrected, I got this comment trail. I’ll just let the rush to judgement play out while I make the popcorn.

    • leastyebejudged

      This response is exactly is why I regard the left just as mentally ill as the right.

      • The_Wretched

        A pox on both of you.

        There’s authoritarians and social punishers across the political spectrum – however, the trend is that the leftist authoritarians have moved right and rebranded into ‘libertarians’. It’s also not enough to generalize from single individuals to groups. At best you have a proof-of-concept single example. However, I’d caution drawing too much from a total of 3 words.

        • leastyebejudged

          lol, you’re a dolt.

          • The_Wretched

            paging Mr. Dunning, Mr.Krueger is on line 1.

    • Statistics Palin

      I’d rather ridicule him and make him hate being (somewhat) famous.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    It was his musical number that REALLY set off alarm bells.

  • PickyPecker


  • another_steve

    Such a nice looking boy.

    What a shame and a waste.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    “Satanic rituals”? Hmmm, seems to me that if you’re a real ‘firm Christian’ you already know that such rituals will have no power over a firm Christian like yourself. Right?

    Or is the guy admitting that his god’s not all powerful and all knowledgeable?

    I think the scientists are right, the likelihood of a god existing is very small. If my new found knowledge of probability is correct, one would say the probability of god’s existence approaches zero.

  • TheManicMechanic

    A firm Christian needs to spend more time in the boiling water to soften them up. He’s still too al Dante.

    I’ll just see myself out now….

    • Uncle Mark

      A Dante’s Inferno reference. I love it !! Some co-workers and I used to rate our days on the Dante scale.

      • Mike in NC

        Abandon all hope, ye who enter this forum!

        • BillyDee4

          Hope was my mother’s middle name. It was also the name of the ship her ancestors sailed on from The Netherlands to New York in 1668.

    • MT YVR

      This all rings a hell, but I can’t quite place it.

    • clay

      Boiling only toughens them further! I say low and slow, with an acidic marinade.

      • Uncle Mark

        Sounds like an old altar boy joke about making Holy Water by boiling the hell out of it.

    • Robincho

      Oh, stay a while. I think your comedy’s divine…

    • BearEyes

      low and slow braise

  • Uncle Mark

    One can only guess at the number of balls to the head it took to make him “think” this way.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I hope it’s not as many as I’ve had. I’d hate to have to start thinking like him.

      • Uncle Mark

        If you took a number of fuzzy, green balls to the face over the years, I’d say you’re overdue to see a doctor

        • AmeriCanadian

          I don’t know what kind of men you have dated over the years but my dates did not have green balls. Fuzzy, yes.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          I’ve never had _that_ happen, so I’m good.

          They were all fleshy, pretty sure none of them were green (except maybe on St. Patrick’s Day; don’t judge)…

          • Uncle Mark

            I wouldn’t judge for that…not with the big St Pats parties I’ve thrown every year; I’d be more likely to invite you.

          • MT YVR

            Have you aaaany idea the shit I’ve gotten into? I have nothing to say/judge around St Patrick’s Day balls. Y’all are fiiiine.

            And really.. anyone who does? We’ve ALL had our twenties. 😛

        • Lumpy Gaga

          one word: furries.

    • TheManicMechanic

      He’s probably trying to deflect for the balls he had in his eye sockets that one time. 😉

  • Sam_Handwich

    meanwhile, countless child sex slaves languish under Hillary’s iron fist in an imaginary pizza parlor basement. Sad!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I said SHREDDED, not SANDED! {Whip!}

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      When they should be making my pizza as I ordered it!

  • leastyebejudged

    How did we get to this point, where you feel threatened by someone who’s ideas are so idiotic as to in the past have been simply ignored ?

  • shellback
  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Jeez, that headline made my heart stop. Glad it’s no one I like.

    Seems like he should date Coco Vandeweghe.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Sam_Handwich

      175 years

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Has Jesus forgiven him? Franklin Graham?

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Franklin still hasn’t forgiven jesus for being such a libtard.

        • Gustav2

          If and when he becomes preznit and has a Supreme Court nomination to make.

      • The_Wretched

        Unlike some sentencing these days, that doesn’t seem disproportionate.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • AmeriCanadian

        Next up should be an indictment of everyone that enabled Nassar to continue his abuse unimpeded.

      • pj

        thatks to trump the ball is rolling on that subject.

  • PlutoAnimus

    “I plan on having a career in the public eye. Well, time to tweet some racist, right-wing nonsense….”

    Young people grow up in this environment, yet they cannot anticipate the easily expected?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      [shrug] They get tattoos.

    • The_Wretched

      The nature of the alt-right bubble includes misleading its followers about consequences. They have a plank about personal invulnerability and that it’s socially ok to be a jerk to everyone.

  • Leo

    This is NOT new in the online sports world. Specifically some soccer and tennis players worldwide being pseudo-celebrities and MEMBERS on the ‘dank’ web. 4chan, /r/theDonald, etc. I’m glad this is getting attention because it needs it.

  • Guest

    He sure talks like a Nazi, as far as my opinion is concerned.

  • JWC

    ah Give him a Mulligan

  • HZ81

    Oh, queen–shut up. If you don’t want your whackadoo views criticized or examined, keep them to yourself. You’re not a freedom fighter because the evil librul media noticed something you shared with the world, asshole.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT, but Nassar got 2,100 months or 175 years!

    “I just signed your death warrant.” ~ Judge Rosemarie

    I am crying tears of joy. Justice for so many innocent lives
    he ruined. I hope they put him in Gen Pop.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci
    • TCinBerkeley

      So he is a closet case as well. Probably.

      Stay classy, Tennys!

      • carrot festival

        I hear his balls are green so who cares.

        • TCinBerkeley

          Well, mine are blue, so I shouldn’t criticize.

          However, he might need to see a doctor about that. Sounds like a pretty severe case of elastration. Ouch!

    • zhera

      I’m shocked. This is my shocked face: (-_-)

  • Chris Baker

    Irony alert:

    “You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” Sandgren said. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.”

    Isn’t that what white supremacists do? They put people in boxes based on their skin color or ethnic origin.

    “Oh, you’re a supermodel with a PhD in nuclear physics who discovered a cure for cancer — but since you are black, you are still inferior to me.”

  • joeyj1220

    the internet if forever asshole

  • Dayglo

    “Firm Christian”/ weak chin. I’m superficial.

  • Mike

    We really have enough assholes to despise as it is, but I think we can make a little room for one more.

  • leastyebejudged

    The only reason he even has a career is because of the existence of “the collective”.


  • Lumpy Gaga

    Save it for the ball boy.

  • Christ. What an asshole.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Get the net!

  • Sam_Handwich


    enthusiastic applause as Nassar is led out of the courtroom

  • FAEN

    Ive been raging about this on insta since I heard about it. Little snowflake doesn’t even have the guts to own his nazism and all that goes with it. Came out and read a statement he clearly didn’t write.

    Not that it will do any good but I’ve also emailed Mizuno Tennis asking why they continue to sponsor a Nazi. Surprise-I haven’t heard back.

    Very very disturbing that Sandgren is the 3rd American player that I know of with these horrific Nazi attitudes. John Isner and Ryan Harrison being the others.

    They bring dishonor to this amazing sport.

    • Lumpy Gaga


      asking why they continue to sponsor a Nazi Surprise

      • FAEN


        • Lumpy Gaga

          read (past tense) too fast.

          Missed the period after “Nazi”.

      • TheManicMechanic

        No one expects a Nazi surprise!!!

        Well, of course not, if it happens all the time, how much of a surprise is it anymore?

        • TCinBerkeley

          Ugh, Nazi Surprise – All that whipped cream and pastry, but then the Hitler figurine pops out and the whole thing is ruined.

  • mdub in Puyallup

    Why do these guys (maybe gals, too…you don’t see them as often) always have the same look on their face in photos (resting alt-right face?)? Maybe I’m the only one seeing it, but it’s like they could be related genetically, or there was a Stepford Racists factory somewhere pushing them out. What a tragedy to be so horrible AND generic at the same time. Sad!

  • #DJTK5F

    And the endorsements just start rollin’ in……what a racket.

  • kevin000

    It seems to me that his statement refers to himself as much as he thinks it does to the people he was addressing.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    He’s deleted all but one tweet.

  • safari
  • The Milkman

    I can’t with his five-head. Bye, gurl.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Just remember, swearing is disgusting and never allowed, but doing a marathon of cock sucking at the porn store is perfectly fine.

  • BearEyes

    Ken Walsh calls him out as well. Ken follows tennis big time.

  • Jmdintpa

    a number one cock sucker… trying to hide his love of the dick by persecuting

    • Tread

      Yeah, his tweet about “stumbling” into a gay club… Right, Mary. That dick just fell into your mouth.

      • lattebud

        Just one??

        • Tread

          Oh, that’s at the local truck stop. She’s demure at the gay club.

      • The_Wretched

        Well, I accidentally sat down once. Who knew it was right there and would just slide right in? I mean, what are the odds.

      • yes b’y

        He was a firm christian then.

      • BillyDee4

        “Christ, was I drunk last night. I don’t remember anything.”

        • Tread

          That’s the only redeeming feature of being an evangelical. You can sin sin sin and ask Christ for forgiveness, then go out and do it next weekend!

  • ErikDC
    • John Ruff


    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Man, Ida has all the receipts and they are brutal. Someone should have advised him that the internet, it is forever.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • TJay229

    Another Strong Black Woman. 🏆

  • dcurlee

    If I delete the post then I really didn’t say it….I’m on the Christian wagon how could I have said those things

  • Jmdintpa

    does anyone know how to find out if he has sponsors we can “contact” ?

    • David

      Not for long, if he has any at all.

  • His statement reeks of Nazism. And teaching your daughter to be a racist supremacist is NOT teaching her to stand up for herself unless she defines herself by her skin color – and not character.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Williams is the one referring to a daughter in a tweet.

      I’m hoping Tennys is the last of his line.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I have several deep, penetrating questions for Tennys:

    “When the ball comes toward you, what do you do with it?”
    “And the second time?”

  • Natty Enquirer

    I shall never watch tennis again.

  • Phil Touchette

    TL;DR — “How *dare* you call me out for being a garbage person?”

  • John Ruff

    What a loser. He can kiss his tennis “career” goodbye.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • hdtex
  • Travis Morrow

    A mediocre white man elevated way above his abilities is also a raging bigot?! NO FUCKING WAY

  • Cleo

    To be honest this feels like a bit of a stretch. Anyone is entitled to their own opinion no matter how biggotted and uninformed. Was he advocating viilence or hate speech? He once interacted with someone that went to a rally? Hmm thats def a stretch. I just think we have to be careful calling people out sometimes.

    • The_Wretched

      Hey, you made it to 11 posts! Congrats!

      Would you like to hear the best ways to change a lightbulb? I’m not even joking. There’s some really good ways to go about it.

  • scorpiomike

    Guy chastised everyone in the press for lumping people into groups. Dumbass!

  • WNY

    “The president says and tweets all that hateful stuff and suffers no consequences, so I can do that too.” Nope. Wrong.

  • JWC

    give the man a Tiki Torch and set him free

  • Hank

    May ALL of his financial supporters disappear!!!

  • GanymedeRenard
  • Andymac3

    Sandgren claims that since he is a “firm Christian” he cannot be a supporter of the far-right? Shocked, not shocked

  • Clive Johnson

    Tennys Sandgren, your being is the mistake civilization hopes to avoid.

  • netxtown

    Ya know…there was a time in my younger days when i was an arrogant racist asshole. Never got into the nazi symbol crap, but all the trappings were there. But! by the time Jaudeen Jackson put a lip lock on me in the middle of the Greyhound bus station in Tallahassee – it was all over….well at least the arrogant racist part. Many still hold I very much remained an asshole. I guess two out of three ain’t bad – and i don’t play tennis.

    Of course, the irony is that 90 days after the liplock i had a shotgun stuck in my face for having a black friend. it was the defining moment when I saw first hand how fucking ugly it all is. Never went back. Never will.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Has this GOP thug not seen the evangelical GOP thugs love fest of President Toxic

  • John Calendo

    Did this numbnuts really name himself Tennys? Or is that the work of the parental numbnuts?

  • anne marie in philly

    PIG! hope he NEVER plays another “tennys” match again! stoopid name, btw!

  • Jack

    He was reading a description of “white nationalists!”

  • 1980Gardener

    I’m not sure what the big deal is…let’s review:

    1. He interacted with nationalists online. Anyone who is online has probably done this.

    2. Questioning the media or being anti-HRC is not relevant to tennis.

    3. Calling cursing “disgusting” is simply having very high interest in politness and decorum.

    This seems more like a witchhunt than anything.

  • andrew

    Sandgren is such a freak that he actually believes that Hillary Clinton engaged in Satanic rituals Somebody please tell him this is 2018.

  • MarkBuster

    what I want reported on is who his sponsors are!

  • infmom

    Firm Christian? Well, now the world knows what makes him firm.

  • Ogre Magi

    christians always seem to see satanists everywhere

  • Dennis McGuire

    I’m shallow, but that’s one damn cute racist.

  • Bob Conti

    Here’s the thing cupcake: If you publish that you think there’s some traction to pizzagate and Hillary’s engaging in satanic rituals, you’ve put yourself in that little box.

  • John T

    Lol, as if “but I’m a firm Christian!” is some kind of defense against an accusation of moral depravity. This just makes everyone who might have been willing to give you the benefit of the doubt *more* likely to think you’re a shitstain.

  • TwoHusbandsSince1976
  • Professor Barnhardt

    moving comment, as it’s a reply

  • frogview

    Break a leg, Tennys.