Nick Kyrgios fined 10,000,000 for spitting on fan at Wimbledon
Australian Nick Kyrgios is winning matches but losing money at Wimbledon this year.
The 40th-ranked singles player has been fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, the largest of the penalties announced so far at the All England Club this year.
The controversial tennis player was fined after spitting at a fan during his first-round win over Britain’s Paul Jubb on Tuesday, an incident Kyrgios admitted was intentional during a post-match conference.
« Today, as soon as I won the game, I turned to him…I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owe anything. either to that person, » Kyrgios said.
« He literally came to the game to literally, like, not even really support anybody, » he continued. “It was more just to stir and disrespect. It is very good. But if I give it back to you, that’s how it is.
Kyrgios, who won the match in four sets, also lashed out at a female linesman, calling her a ‘snitch’ after reporting something Kyrgios said to the chair umpire.
« Did anyone come here today to see her speak? » No,” Kyrgios told the chair umpire. “Why is she doing this? No one in the stadium saw her coming to do anything. Not a single person.
Kyrgios’ heckling issues continued into the second set when he informed the chair umpire that the crowd had hurled racial slurs at him and argued that they needed to be removed.
Fortunately, Kyrgios’ on-pitch drama did not affect his solid game, with the Australian hothead continuing his winning ways with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the second round.
In a post-match conference following his standout performance against Krajinovic, Kyrgios fired back at reporters questioning both his play and Tuesday’s spitting incident.
« I played against Filip Krajinovic today. Don’t you want to know how I played? he retorted.
« There’s nothing the media can tell me that I did wrong today, » Kyrgios said of Thursday’s game.
“I just know you can’t ask me anything and stir anything. I love it because you can’t write anything,” the player continued. “What are you going to say? Nothing today. I stunned you all.
All eyes will be on Kyrgios for swings – both verbal and physical – this Saturday as he heads into his clash against 5th-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of Wimbledon’s most anticipated clashes at this day.