Stefanos Tsitsipas, a fourth-seeded Greek player, described Nick Kyrgios as a “bully” with “an awful aspect” to his personality after losing a heated Wimbledon third-round match on Saturday.
After more than three incident-filled hours, Kyrgios prevailed 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7), but the argument persisted in the post-match press conferences.
Kyrgios conversed with umpires many times
Throughout the match, Kyrgios engaged in ongoing conversation with the umpire at various points, received a warning for cursing, and enraged Tsitsipas to the point that he attempted to smash Kyrgios after nearly losing the point for whacking a ball towards the spectators out of irritation.
At one point, the crowd started to jeer the 23-year-old Tsitsipas for losing his cool in what he called a Kyrgios circus. Tsitsipas expressed his disappointment after his defeat on Court One in no uncertain terms.
Tsitsipas called Kyrgios a Bully
“Yes, he bullies constantly; it is what he does. He intimidates his foes. He most likely bullied kids in school himself. I detest bullies, “said Tsitsipas.
“I don’t like folks who disparage others. He also possesses some admirable qualities. However, he also has a very dark side that, if revealed, has the potential to cause a lot of hurt and bad to those around him.”
On Saturday, Kyrgios was warned for cursing and then demanded that Tsitsipas be forfeited when the Greek smashed a ball close to a spectator’s head after losing the second set. Kyrgios was fined $10,000 during his first-round encounter for spitting towards a fan.
Later, he mocked Tsitsipas’ comments about bullying and remarked that the Greek had “real difficulties.”