Stefanos Tsitsipas has blasted Nick Kyrgios after the Aussie fought back to knock out the Greek and reach the Wimbledon fourth round.
There was clear tension in the air during the four-set encounter, with both players being given warnings by the umpire. And following his defeat, Tsitsipas took aim at Kyrgios, calling him a ‘bully.’ after losing the match.
“I enjoyed my tennis today,” he said after the match. “A bit disappointed with some of the things that went down, especially when they are repetitive over and over again. It starts to get really difficult to ignore. Like a circus. It's constant bullying. He bullies his opponents. He was probably a bully at school."
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At one point Tsitsipas hit the ball out of court in fury. "It was really bad from my side. I've never done that before. I did apologise. I don't know what went through my head. With all the circus show going on on the other side of the net, it started to become very tiring."
Kyrgios also called for Tsitsipas to be defaulted after the 23-year-old hit a ball into the crowd, but the player himself was handed a warning for swearing after raging at the line judge.
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Kyrgios responded to the bullying comments, adding that it was his opponent who had misbehaved: "I'm not sure how I bullied him. He was the one that was hitting balls at me. He was the one who hit a spectator. Apart from going back and forth with the umpire, I did nothing disrespectful towards him."
The Aussie won after a superb final tie-break with his second match point to win 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (9-7) on Court One.
He will go up against Brandon Nakashima next, the 20-year-old world number 56.
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