Stefanos Tsitsipas calls Nick Kyrgios a ‘tyrant’ after fiery Wimbledon clash ‘circus’


Stefanos Tsitsipas apologized after hitting a ball into the crowd (Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas has accused Nick Kyrgios of being a ‘bully’ after the ‘circus’ of their fiery third-round clash at Wimbledon.

Tsitsipas, the tournament’s fourth seed, was bowled over in four dramatic sets by Kyrgios who saw both players commit code violations after losing their temper.

The Greek player apologized after throwing a ball into the crowd in frustration, narrowly avoiding a spectator’s head, but said he was ‘triggered’ by Kyrgios’ behavior on the other side of the net. Tsitsipas also expressed his frustration by hitting balls at Kyrgios during points.

Kyrgios, who called for Tsitsipas to be sent off for the incident with the spectator, was involved in a constant exchange with the referee during the heated four-set match and insisted he had done nothing to “disrespecting” his opponent during the contest.

“It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does,” Tsitsipas said. “He harasses opponents. He was probably a bully himself at school. I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people who put other people down.

“He also has good traits in his character. But when he does, he also has a very evil side to him, which if exposed can really do a lot of harm and harm to the people around him.

“Myself, when I feel like others are disrespecting me and not respecting what I do on the other side of the pitch, it’s completely normal for me to act and do something about it.”

” I do not know what to say. I don’t know how I bullied him,” Kyrgios replied. “He was the one who hit balls at me, he was the one who hit a spectator, he was the one who took him out of the stadium.

The players shook hands at the net but shots were fired afterwards (Getty Images)

The players shook hands at the net but shots were fired afterwards (Getty Images)

” I did not do anything. I was actually like, other than going back and forth with the ref for a while, I didn’t do anything disrespectful to Stefanos today, I don’t think. I didn’t force it with bullets.

Kyrgios then called Tsitsipas ‘sweet’ as the row escalated. “Coming here and saying I bullied him is just sweet,” Kyrgios added. “We are not cut from the same cloth.

“If he’s affected by it today, that’s what’s holding him back, because somebody can do it and it’s going to make him lose his game like that. I just think it’s sweet.

Tsitsipas said “someone needs to sit down” with Kyrgios after the game and suggested the players come together to enforce a rule change regarding on-pitch behavior.

“I love what his tennis has to bring to our sport,” he added. “Like he was very different. That’s not a bad thing. But I don’t think there was a single game I played with him where he behaved that way. There comes a time when you’re really fed up with it, let’s say.

“The constant conversation, the constant complaining. I mean, I’m about to serve, and there’s a big gap here that there’s no tennis going on, which is the most important thing on the court. We are here to play tennis.

“Every point I played today felt like something was happening on the other side of the net.

“I’m not trying to be distracted by that, because I know it could be intentional, because he can certainly play in another way. And that’s his way of manipulating the opponent and distracting you, d a certain way.

“There is no other player who does that. There is no other player who is so upset and frustrated with something all the time. He triggers it so easily and so quickly.

“I really hope that all of us players can come up with something and make it a cleaner version of our sport, that this kind of behavior is not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated and that we move on better.”


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