Ohio State freshman tennis player J.J. Wolf defeated Texas A&M’s Patrick Kypson on Friday in a rematch of a 2017 high school match between the two. Kypson won last year’s match, but Wolf got his revenge in college.
After dropping the first set 6-3, Wolf rebounded by getting a break at 4-2 and then served out for a 6-3 win in the second. In the third set, the two players were on serve through 4-4 before Wolf broke and then held serve on love to take the deciding set 6-4. Emotions ran high in that match both on and off the court.
A video of the players’ postgame handshake appears to confirm that emotions indeed did run high both on and off the court.
Wolf, the No. 41 player in the country, threw his arms up in celebration before walking up to shake hands at the net with Kypson, ranked No. 81. Here we go:
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As you can see, it definitely looks like Kypson spits into his hand before Wolf gets to the net.
It’s also possible the A&M player was simply miming the act of spitting into his hand without doing the actual spitting. We can’t know that from this video. But the act, combined with the Ohio State player’s reaction, doesn’t look great.
Step 1. Ohio State player emphatically celebrates after revenge win.
Step 2. Texas A&M player *appears* to spit in his own hand before the handshake.
Step 3. Ohio State player avoids handshake, appears to point at Texas A&M player as if to say, “hey, that guy just spit in his hand and tried to get me to shake it.”
We’ll have more on this if additional details surface.