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Wimbledon 2022: Kyrgios’ show continues in London as he ‘bullies’ Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios has been accused of being a tennis ‘bully’ by his opponent after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a dramatic and moody affair to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon. Kyrgios produced an outstanding performance to rally after losing the first set on Court 1, eventually winning 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (9-7) in a match filled with incidents.

Why was Kyrgios so angry with the referee?

It was an incredible outburst from Kyrgios after a frustrated Tsitsipas kicked a ball into the crowd late in the second set, narrowly missing a spectator. Australian immediately requested that his opponent be defaulted, recalling Novak Djokovic’s controversial exit from the 2020 US Open after accidentally hitting a linesman out of frustration after abandoning a match.

Kyrgios could be heard calling the referee a ‘disgrace’ and then, after Tsitsipas was released with a warning, the unranked talent asked: “Are you stupid?”

He then hit the referee, shouting, “What are you talking about? Novak hit someone, it’s the same, it happened right there.

“Bring in more supervisors, I’m not done. You can take them all out, I don’t care. I won’t play until we get to the bottom of it. What happened to Novak when he kicked the ball at a girl? She was injured. You can’t hit a ball into the crowd and hit someone and not get fired.

But the drama was far from over as Tsitsipas flew into a rage early in the third, after being hit with a points deduction for savagely firing another ball towards the crowd – but hitting the scoreboard at instead – after Kyrgios produced a playful underarm serve. when we cling to love.

The fourth seed’s frustration was evident when he then appeared to land a few shots directly at Kyrgios to boos from the spectators, who vehemently cheered every point for the Aussie.

But after producing exceptional tennis to end the Tsitsipas’ exasperated hopes of winning a maiden Grand Slam title, Kyrgios said he had no problem with the Greek, with whom he played doubles at Wimbledon in 2019.

“Honestly it was a hell of an atmosphere, an amazing game, I honestly felt like the favorite coming in; I faced him a few weeks ago, but I knew it would be a tough match,” he said. “He’s a hell of a player, I had my own tactic there – he knows how to play me, he beat me once, and obviously I was successful, so it was a hell of a game.

“I’m just super happy to have finished, he was frustrated at times and it’s a frustrating sport for sure. I know you all think you can play, but it’s very frustrating no matter what. arrives on the pitch, I like it.

Tsitsipas calls Kyrgios a bully

Tsitsipas had a very different version of events.

“It’s constant bullying. That’s what he does. He harasses his opponents. He was probably a bully at school”

Kyrgios now holds a 4-1 lead over Tsitsipas, having also gotten the better of the world number five on grass at the Halle Open earlier this month.

The 27-year-old also courted controversy on his fourth-round run when he spat in the direction of a ‘disrespectful’ fan during his first-round win over Paul Jubb.

But Kyrgios claimed his antics served to spark interest in the sport, adding: “It’s amazing, everywhere I go I feel like I have stadiums full. The media loves to write that I’m bad at sports, but clearly not.