Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas serve up one of the most bitter Wimbledon matches EVER as Aussie demands No 4 seed is KICKED OUT…but commentators think foul-mouthed Aussie was lucky not to be defaulted himself!
- Nick Kyrgios loses his cool after Stefanos Tsitsipas hits a ball into the crowd
- The fiery Nick Kyrgios lost the first set but recovered superbly to take the next
- The Australian raged at the umpire for not having disqualified his opponent
- Both players were given code violations and Tsitsipas was docked a point
The Australian, who has proved to be his usual controversial self during the first week of Wimbledon after a number of high profile incidents including rows with umpires and crowd members, grew frustrated with the match official during his third-round tie with the fourth seed.
Kyrgios and Tsitsipas are known to be big personalities on and off the court and the early stages of their match reflected that, with both players involved in various controversial incidents.
Having won the second set 6-4, Kyrgios asked the umpire to default (disqualify) Tsitsipas after he blasted a ball into the crowd, narrowly missing a female spectator.
When the umpire declined to bend to the Australian’s requests, he demanded that supervisors be called onto the court. ‘I want all of them!’ he said.
He refused to take to the court for a number of minutes while demanding the Greek was thrown out of the tournament altogether.
Nick Kyrgios raged at the umpire after he refused to default his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas had tried to keep his cool throughout but lost it at the end of the second and subsequently lost the third set
‘Is that a default or what? He just hit the ball at the f****** crowd. Are you dumb? So you can hit a ball at the crowd, hit someone and not get defaulted? Are you dumb?, he said to the chair umpire.
‘You’re a disgrace. You change the rules whenever you want.
‘Give me all the supervisors. I’m not playing until we get to the bottom of it.’
The umpire appeared to explain to Kyrgios, who himself has hit a crowd member with a rogue ball during his career, that he could not default Tsitsipas because the ball did not actually hit anyone.
The number four seed received a code violation warning for his behaviour before he later received a code violation and had a point deducted when he once again hit the ball away in frustration.
Some of his antics clearly frustrated Stefanos Tsitsipas who became dragged into the saga
After Kyrgios brought out another underarm serve during the third set, the Greek clearly grew even more frustrated and hit the ball away just feet below the first row of spectators behind the baseline.
The umpire called both Kyrgios and Tsitsipas over and spoke to them to try and settle proceedings as the match threatened to descend into a farce, with both players feeling as though the world was against them.
The Australian was fined just over £8,000 for the spitting incident during his first round match with Paul Jubb on Tuesday. Kyrgios accused the supporter in whose direction he spat at of being disrespectful to him during his narrow win in five sets.
Kyrgios had earlier become furious with the umpire after one of his shots was called out at a crucial stage in the first set.
Stefanos Tsitsipas became dragged into the saga with the umpire and his opponent and his tennis suffered as a result
Stefanos Tsitsipas grew more and more frustrated as Nick Kyrgios claimed back-to-back sets
‘It’s 5-5 all bro, it’s 5-5 all bro. So get a new one, get a new umpire,’ he ranted.
‘Bro, you’re supposed to make the right call, you don’t get credit unless you make the right call. You just say sorry and it’s all good? It’s f***ing… why don’t you just get a new referee? He’s got one line to call bro.’
Tsitsipas had tried to keep his cool while Kyrgios raged throughout the first set but it all came to a boil at the end of the second when he hit the ball away. Clearly, the animosity and frustration was still running deep within Tsitsipas as he subsequently lost the third set 6-3.
In the fourth, having lost on Tsitsipas’ serve to go down 3-2 in the set, Kyrgios turned his frustration to his team at the other end of the court.
He demanded to know why they hadn’t ‘changed anything’ from the first set after Tsitsipas saw out his service game with consummate ease.
The fourth set went the distance with Kyrgios eventually prevailing 9-7 in a tie break to ensure he would advance to the fourth round. The match is likely to be the subject of much debate in the coming days, with pundits and other players alike likely to have a lot to say about the behaviour of the Australian in particular.
Nick Kyrgios in conversation with an official demanding that Stefanos Tsitsipas be defaulted