Nick Kyrgios called ‘evil bully’ by Stefanos Tsitsipas after heated encounter
'He was probably a bully at school...'
Stefanos Tsitsipas accused Nick Kyrgios of being "evil" and a "bully" after the Australian came out on top after an explosive encounter at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios beat the Greek fourth seed in a heated four-setter on Saturday, where Tsitsipas aimed several shots at his opponent - his former doubles partner - and receive a warning for hitting a ball into the crowd.
Kyrgios was furious that the incident wasn't met with stronger punishment, complaining to chair umpire Damien Dumusois that Tsitsipas should have been defaulted for it.
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Agitated by Kyrgios' repeated complaints and questioning of decisions, Tsitsipas started to lose his cool towards the end of the second set.
Kyrgios had called Dumusois a "disgrace" over a line call and was later given a warning after line judges reported him for swearing on two separate occasions.
Tsitsipas received a point penalty for responding to an underarm serve by smashing a ball into a scoreboard. He said he had been aiming for his opponent's body.
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The pair exchanged a brief handshake at the end, before Tsitsipas gave a frank assessment of his opponent's behaviour after the game.
"He bullies the opponents," he said. "He was probably a bully at school himself. I don't like bullies. I don't like people that put other people down.
"He has some good traits in his character, as well. But he also has a very evil side to him, which if it's exposed, it can really do a lot of harm and bad to the people around him."
Stefanos Tsitsipas calling Nick Kyrgios a bully. "It's constant bullying. That's what he does. He bullies his opponents. He probably was a bully at school" https://t.co/5H7bimsC2h pic.twitter.com/xBJUQBs6Fp
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The comments were later relayed to Kyrgios, who brushed them off.
"He was the one hitting balls at me, he was the one that hit a spectator, he was the one that smacked it out of the stadium," he said.
"I didn't do anything.
"Apart from me just going back and forth to the umpire for a bit, I did nothing towards Stefanos that was disrespectful, I don't think. I was not drilling him with balls."
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