The tension goes from the grass of Wimbledon to social networks.
The day after his electric defeat in four sets (6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6) against Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the London tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas posted a message on Instagram which seems to be directly addressed to the Australian.
"Give a mask to a man and he will become himself", writes the player, winner of the Monte-Carlo Tournament this season.
The phrase does not come out of nowhere, since Nick Kyrgios had it tattooed on his left calf this year.
The replica comes out of the movie "Batman: The Dark Knight" where it is dropped by the Joker character, then played by actor Heath Ledger.
In addition to this message on Instagram, which accompanies several photos of his match on Saturday, Tsitsipas used another social network, Twitter, to deliver the substance of his thoughts.
The fifth in the world has thus "liked" publications of Internet users attacking the behavior of his opponent.
“Nick Kyrgios appeals to people who are not interested in tennis because his matches are rarely about tennis”, publishes one of them.
"Nick Kyrgios is so unappreciable that he leads me, me who lisps, to encourage a man called Stefanos Tsitsipas", quipped another.
“It felt like the circus”
The Australian did everything to unpin his opponent, make the referee goat and hysterize the public.
Until the point of general boiling where, alone, he regained his composure to lavish his brilliant blows.
"It felt like the circus," criticized Tsitsipas at a press conference.
It's tiring these incessant discussions, these endless complaints.
Yet it was he who ended up cracking.
The Greek received a first warning for hitting a ball in the public between two points.
Kyrgios jumped at the chance to negotiate with the referee, to demand the arrival of the supervisor, then of "all the supervisors", in order to obtain the disqualification of his opponent by reminding the officials that of Djokovic at the US Open 2020 when he inadvertently hit a linesman in the throat.
Then, on an underhand serve from Kyrgios, Tsitsipas cracked and kicked the ball straight towards the stands.
Second warning and penalty point for the Greek.
Exasperated by the behavior of his opponent, the latter targeted the Australian several times with heavy strikes (smash, high forehand very close to the net while Kyrgios was inside the court in front of him).
Without touching it.
“I wanted him to stop.
All this must stop, explained Tsitsipas.
He spends his time bullying people, that's what he does.
He martyrs his adversaries.
He was probably a bully himself at school.
I don't like bullies.
Next outing for Nick Kyrgios on Monday in the round of 16, where he will face American Brandon Nakashima.