Wimbledon: Tsitsipas on Kyrgios - 'maybe he was a school bully'
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Tsitsipas on Kyrgios – ‘Maybe he was a bully at school’

Linked in deep hate: Stefanos Tsitsipas (R) congratulates Nick Kyrgios in four sentences after bankruptcy

Linked in deep hate: Stefanos Tsitsipas (R) congratulates Nick Kyrgios in four sentences after bankruptcy

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In one of the best matches to date at this year’s Wimbledon Classic, Nick Kyrgios defeated opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas. After that, the loser criticizes the behavior of his opponent – he himself narrowly escapes disqualification.

DrFor three hours and 17 minutes they quarreled with each other on the field, but the duel was not over yet. Nick Kyrgios won after 6:7 (2:7), 6:4, 6:3, 7:6 (9:7) in the third round of the tennis classic at Wimbledon. After that, there was heavy criticism of the appearance of the Australian.

Defeated Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas strongly condemned his opponent’s behavior on the field. “He is a constant bully. He is bullying his opponents,” he said of his former doubles partner. “Maybe he was a bully at school. I do not like tyrants. I don’t like people who degrade others.”

Nick Kyrgios during the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios during the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Kyrgios largely dismissed the allegations against him and emphasized misconduct by Tsitsipas. “He was the one who hit me with the balls,” the 27-year-old said. “Apart from going forward with the referee, I have not done anything disrespectful to Stefanos.”

“Really bad of me”

There were warnings from both sides in the first division match at times on Saturday night in London. The Australian demanded the disqualification of his opponent when he hit a ball on the stands. “That was really bad for me,” said Tsitsipas, self-deprecating. “I apologized to the people. I don’t know what went through my head.”

For a similar act, Novak Djokovic was banned from participating in the US Open 2020. However, he did not shoot a ball into the spectators’ stands, but at the judge’s line, who unfortunately and inadvertently hit him in the neck. At the time, the game moderator discussed with the perpetrator – and excluded him from the Grand Slam tournament.

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At Wimbledon, Kyrgios now called for a similar tough approach by the referees against Tsitsipas, but he got away with it. Kyrgios also messed with the referees several times, and asked the referee Damien Domussuis “Are you stupid?” He used profanity and attacked his team in the stands.

‘Very evil side’

Tsitsipas shot several balls directly at his opponent’s body. Not exactly the good English way either, after which he advised his opponent to seek psychological help. “This has to stop. It’s not acceptable. Someone needs to sit down and talk to him,” the 23-year-old said. It was a “circus show.” Kyrgios has good personality traits, but he’s also a “very sinister side.”

Kyrgios felt a bad loser at Tsitsipas, defeating him twice in just over two weeks. “Maybe he should try to figure out how to beat me a few times first,” said the Australian, calling his opponent “Lynn”.


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