Nick Kyrgios won a tough five-set match in The opening round at Wimbledon Tuesday.
After that, the talk surrounding the Australian was not about his victory over the British Paul Gibb.
Kyrgios admits to spitting on fans
During the match, Kyrgios was seen complaining to the head referee Maria Çekak of the spectators and officials at the stadium. When the match ended, he turned around and spat in the direction of the crowd in the stands. The incident was captured on BBC video.
Kyrgios was asked about the incident during his post-match press conference. He admitted that the spit was directed at an admirer.
“Someone doesn’t respect me,” Kyrgios told reporters (6:08 below). “I wouldn’t do that to someone who was supporting me.”
Kyrgios confirmed that he asked Chicak to remove the fans.
“I’m OK with receiving a lot of it,” Kyrgios said of fan harassment. “What I don’t understand is that as soon as I take it back – like, take it back, I get a penalty. Today, as soon as I won the match, I turned to him. I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owe that person anything.”
“He came to the match literally to not support anyone, really. It was just more exciting and disrespectful. That’s okay. If I give it back to you, that’s what happens.”
Kyrgios regrets ‘disrespecting’ fans
Kyrgios said this on multiple occasions He was on the receiving end of racist abuse From fan. He clarified that Tuesday’s incident did not involve racism.
“Not today,” he said (:50) “But a lot of disrespect was thrown out today from the crowds. I just started thinking it was normal, when it really isn’t. I didn’t say anything to the crowd until I started—every time I came down In it to the far end, people just go …
“I just don’t understand why spectators feel they can do this. Just utter disrespect. Just anything. Someone just yelled that I was cool in the crowd today. Is that normal? No. I just don’t understand why this happens over and over again.”
He said that while he did not hear racist taunts on Tuesday, “it happens all the time and nothing happens.”
Kyrgios dedicated his victory to his teasers during his post-match interview in court.
“The crowd was very noisy today,” Kyrgios said. “There are two people in the crowd who aren’t shy about criticizing me. It was for you two. You know who you are.”
Kyrgios slams the line judge: ‘The old man gave the order’
Kyrgios was also asked during his press conference about his complaint about litigation. A reporter asked if he had told the straight judge: “You’re in your 90s, you can’t see the ball.” He denied saying so, but brought up the direct judge’s Omar and his sight regarding a call he said he missed.
“I said most referees are older, and I don’t think that’s ideal when you’re playing a sport with small margins,” said Kyrgios (2:30). “Because in fact, younger people have better eyesight…
“When you play in a sport of hundreds and thousands of dollars, don’t you think we should have people who are really willing to call the ball in or out? Re smaller? … that specific thing. You hit a ball. The old man called him. He was inside. It could be said, If the guy was 40, he might not have summoned her.”
Kyrgios also admitted that he called one of the letters a “slanderer”.
“That’s what I did,” Kyrios said. “I didn’t do anything, and I went to the referee and told her something I didn’t say. This is called whistleblowing. Actually what happened.”
Kyrgios, unseeded, lost the first set Tuesday before rallying to defeat JP, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5. He will face Serbian Filip Krajinovic, No. 26, in the second round match.
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