Kyrgios and Tsitsipas Trade Insults in Post-Match Press Conference
Nick Kyrgios overcame No. 4 seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), on Saturday to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2016. Even though Kyrgios won, the post-match press conference was a spectacle due to the verbal sparring between the two players.
During the heated encounter, the unseeded Australian screamed for Tsitsipas to be defaulted when the Greek star smashed a ball recklessly into the stands, just missing a female fan, out of rage. Even more, the chair umpire, Damien Dumusois, called three code breaches throughout the match. One was called on Kyrgios for obscenity and two on Tsitsipas for his ball abuse that led to a point penalty.
In the news conference, Kyrgios did not hold back remarks against his opponent, adding he had “some serious issues.”
“I’m good in the locker room, I’ve got many friends…he’s not liked,” Kyrgios said. “Let’s just put that there.”
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas described to Kyrgios as a “bully” and one who has a “very evil side.”
He is a bully, according to the runner-up at the 2021 French Open. “He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies, I don’t like individuals who put other people down.”
It also did not help that the 23-year-old just fell to Kyrgios at a tournament in Halle, Germany in June. However, the Greek star did not apologise for his actions but desires that a “rule” should be put in place to ensure a “cleaner version” of the sport.
Asking, “Why would you talk while playing?” It is illogical, Tsitsipas remarked. “Every single point that I played today I feel like there was something going on on the other side of the net. That’s his way of manipulating the opponent and making you feel distracted, in a way. There is no other player that does this. There is no other player that is so upset and frustrated all the time with something.”
Kyrgios’ next opponent, the American Brandon Nakashima, stands between him and the quarterfinals. Four American men, including Nakashima, advanced to the fourth round, a record high for the country at Wimbledon since 1999.