Wimbledon slaps fine on Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas after heated 3rd round match

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Wimbledon slaps fine on Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas after heated 3rd round match

Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been fined for their conduct during the third-round match at Wimbledon.

In a bad-tempered game, Greek Tsitsipas lost his composure and the match 7-6(2), 4-6, 3-6, 6(7)-7 after being caught up in Australian Kyrgios’s verbal antics.

While Kyrgios has been fined USD 4,000 for an audible obscenity, Tsitsipas was slapped USD 10,000 for hitting the ball close to a spectator’s head, according to AFP news agency.

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$10,000 fine for Stefanos Tsitsipas for his ball-belting yesterday.

$4,000 for Kyrgios’ audible obscenity.#Wimbledon

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 3, 2022

Tsitsipas called Kyrgios a “bully” in the post-match press conference. The Australian was previously fined USD 10,000 for spitting towards a fan during his first-round match at the Championship.

“Yeah, it’s constant bullying, that’s what he does,” the Greek said.

“He bullies the opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people that put other people down. He has some good traits in his character, as well. But he also has a very evil side to him, which if it’s exposed, it can really do a lot of harm and bad to the people around him.”

Kyrgios had pointed out that Tsitsipas hit a ball close to a spectator’s head after losing the second set.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m not sure how I bullied him. He was the one hitting balls at me, he was the one that hit a spectator, he was the one that smacked it out of the stadium,” Kyrgios said. “I did nothing towards Stefanos today that was disrespectful. I was not drilling him with balls. To come in here and say I bullied him, that’s just soft.

“We’re not cut from the same cloth. I go up against guys who are true competitors. I’ve got many friends in the locker room, just to let you know. I’m actually one of the most liked. I’m set. He’s not liked. Let’s just put that there.”

After the match, Tsitsipas had apologised for losing control and added that it was frustrating that the umpires did not come down harder on Kyrgios. Tsitsipas also admitted that he tried to hit Kyrgios with a smash in the third set.

“I was aiming for the body of my opponent but I missed by a lot, by a lot,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m not used to play this way. But I cannot just sit there, act like a robot and act like someone that is completely cold and ignorant. Because you’re out there doing your job, and you have noise coming from the other side of the court for no absolute reason.”

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