War of words erupts after ‘bully’ Krygios stuns 4th seed Tsitsipas

First published July 3, 2022 at 10:02 a.m. IST

Nick Kyrgios advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2016 on Saturday with a spirited 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7) victory over the fourth seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas series.

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It was a bad-tempered affair that saw Australian Nick Kyrgios stun fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and cause perhaps Wimbledon 2022’s first major upset. After more than three incident-filled hours, the Australian emerged victorious with a 6-7(2) 6-4 6-3 7-6(7) victory and the feud continued into post-match conferences. A war of words between the two players saw Tsitsipas label Kyrgios a “tyrant” with “an evil side” to his character after losing a third-round clash on Saturday.

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Throughout the match, Kyrgios engaged in continuous conversation with the referee at various points, received a swearing warning, and infuriated Tsitsipas to the point that he attempted to crush Kyrgios after nearly losing the point for having threw a ball towards the spectators out of irritation. .

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At one point, the crowd started mocking Tsitsipas, 23, for losing his temper in what he called a Kyrgios circus. Tsitsipas expressed his disappointment after his loss on Court One in no uncertain terms. “Yeah, it’s constant bullying. That’s what he does. He bullies his opponents. He was probably a bully himself at school. I don’t like bullies,” said Tsitsipas.

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“I don’t like people who put other people down. He also has good character traits. But he also has a very evil side to him, which if exposed can really do a lot of harm and bad for you. the people around him,” added the Greek.

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On Saturday, Kyrgios was booked for swearing and demanded that Tsitsipas be forfeited when the Greek smashed a ball near a spectator’s head after losing the second set. Kyrgios was fined $10,000 in his first-round encounter for spitting at a fan. Later, the Aussie scoffed at the fourth seed’s comments about bullying and remarked that the Greek was in ‘real trouble’.

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“I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how I bullied him. He was the one who hit balls at me, he was the one who hit a spectator, he was the one who did it out of the stadium,” said Kyrgios, who is in the last 16 for the fourth time. “I didn’t do anything disrespectful to Stefanos today. I wasn’t forcing him with bullets. To come here and say I bullied him is just sweet. We’re not cut from the same cloth. I come up against guys who are real competitors,” added Krygios, who will next face American Brandon Nakashima.

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“I have a lot of friends in the locker room, just so you know. I’m actually one of the most loved. I’m ready. He’s not loved. Let’s just say there,” added the ‘Australian.

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Tsitsipas apologized for losing his temper but expressed frustration that the Australian’s brilliance had not been penalized more severely by officials given his theatrics. “I wish we could all get together and make a rule. I don’t know. Something about talking. Why would you talk while you’re playing? It doesn’t make sense,” he said. he declares.

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“Every point I played today felt like something was happening on the other side of the net. It’s his way of manipulating the opponent and distracting you, in a way. There is no other player who does this. I really hope that all of us players can come up with something and make it a cleaner version of our sport, that this kind of behavior is not accepted , not allowed, not tolerated,” added the Greek.

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Later, Kyrgios remarked that Tsitsipas should be more worried about his recent loss to Halle than his losing record against him. “I would be pretty upset if I lost to someone two weeks in a row. Maybe he should figure out how to beat me a few more times first,” the Australian said.

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The Greek admitted that in the third set he tried to crush Kyrgios. “I was aiming for my opponent’s body but I missed a lot. I’m not used to playing that way. Act like a robot and act like someone completely cold and ignorant. Because you do your work and you hear noise from across the pitch for no absolute reason,” Tsitsipas concluded.

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