June 19, 2024


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Nick Kyrgios’ father accuses Wimbledon officials of double standards


“He’s got a point penalty and when you hear him talking about the frustration in the cold light of day of a match, he’s lost the plot. Playing against Kyrgios, you’ve got to expect those antics. He’ll get fined, but Tsitsipas is the one who’s been distracted. He’s the one who’s lost.”

As well as being warned for swearing, Kyrgios asked the umpire if he was “dumb” while Tsitsipas lost his composure and tried to hit his opponent with a smash. Mats Wilander, a seven-times Grand Slam champion, was among those unimpressed. “Is it entertaining? Yes. Is it respectful? No,” Wilander told Eurosport. “Is the tennis great at times? Unbelievable, because both players are such good players. And Kyrgios is so talented.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m not sure I want to see something like that again to be honest, because I don’t think this is what we want to promote in tennis. We want to not promote it as entertainment.

“We want to promote it as inspirational, educational, but this is what people maybe want to see. I’m not sure I’m a big fan of what’s going on to be honest.”

Kyrgios has already received multiple fines in his tennis career and responded to Tsitsipas’s “bully” charge by calling the allegations “soft” and claiming that the Greek had “serious issues”.

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli said that the match had veered from “fun” to totally unacceptable behaviour. “Whether you like Nick [Kyrgios] or you don’t you can’t deny he makes people animated,” she said. “I don’t like to see the part where they’re trying to hit each other with the ball but the other part is fun. I think bullying the referees or the linesman or the ball kids sometimes – that is totally unacceptable and that has to stop, period.”


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