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Nick Kyrgios polarizes at Wimbledon: "Nice and sad"


“Bully”, “bullying”, “shame” – Nick Kyrgios has long had the image of the bully. When he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Australian set new standards in this regard - and is now under massive surveillance.

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Nick Kyrgios in the game against Stefanos Tsitsipas


Long after the end of the Wimbledon Zoff duel, Nick Kyrgios was still the villain.

The Australian repeatedly shook his head, laughed at Stefanos Tsitsipas' allegations of bullying in the press conference and yawned demonstratively.

The questionable spectacle, in which both professionals could not have complained about a disqualification due to freaking out during the third round game, exacerbates the fairness debate about Kyrgios in the tennis world.

“It's constant bullying.

He bullies his opponents," grumbled the Greek Tsitsipas after the defeat against his ex-doubles partner.

'He was probably a bully at school.

I don't like tyrants.

I don't like people who put other people down."

Kyrgios rejected the allegations against himself and emphasized misconduct by the fifth in the world rankings.

"He was the one who hit balls at me," said the 27-year-old at the press conference - fittingly in a t-shirt with basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman printed on it.

"Apart from my back and forth with the referee, I didn't do anything disrespectful to Stefanos."

warnings on both sides

The 6: 7 (2: 7), 6: 4, 6: 3, 7: 6 (9: 7) for Kyrgios was rarely about tennis, there were warnings on both sides.

The Australian demanded a disqualification from his opponent after he threw a ball into the stands.

"That was really bad of me," said Tsitsipas self-critically.

“I apologized to the people.

I don't know what was going through my head.' Kyrgios took on the referees, asking referee Damien Dumusois 'Are you stupid?' and calling him a 'disgrace'.

Earlier in the tournament he had verbally abused the linesman and spat in the direction of a spectator.

With a strict eye, tennis icon Martina Navratilova, as a BBC expert, reprimanded the brawlers and criticized the lack of equality due to the lack of disqualification.

"The boys get away with a lot more than women," said the 65-year-old and recalled an earlier incident.

In the 2018 US Open final, Serena Williams called the referee a "liar" and "thief" and had to give up a complete game.

John McEnroe, who previously starred in the role of Bad Boy himself, called Kyrgios' behavior "sad and beautiful" at the same time.

"There are so many kids who watch the game because of him and are attracted to the sport," said the American.

Kyrgios now under surveillance

The BBC also left superstar Rafael Nadal's game on Center Court in order to show the "circus show" (Tsitsipas).

When asked by the official Wimbledon account on Twitter "Don't you feel entertained?" German women's boss Barbara Rittner replied with a vomiting smiley face.

Against the American Brandon Nakashima in the round of 16, Kyrgios, who already played on probation in his career, will be under observation.

Tsitsipas called for the professionals to take joint action against the enfant terrible.

"That has to stop.

It's not okay.

Someone has to sit down and talk to him," said the 23-year-old, who had tried to shoot down his opponent in exasperation.

Kyrgios has good character traits, but also “a very bad side”.

Kyrgios then called Tsitsipas "soft" and countered after two wins within a short time: "Maybe he should try to find out first how he can beat me a few times."


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-07-03

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