Nick Kyrgios won a hard-fought five-set match in the first round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.
After that, the talk around the Australian was about anything but his victory over Briton Paul Jubb.
Kyrgios admitted that he spat at a fan
During the match, Kyrgios complained to the referee Maria Cicak about the spectators and officials on the court. When the match ended, he turned around and spat in the direction of the fans in the stands. The incident was caught on video by the BBC.
Kyrgios was asked about the incident during his post-match press conference. He admitted that the spit was directed at a fan.
“One of the people disrespecting me,” Kyrgios told reporters (6:08 below). “I wouldn’t do that to someone who supported me.”
Kyrgios confirmed that he asked Chichak to remove the fans.
“I agree to receive a lot,” Kyrgios said of the screams from the fans. “What I don’t understand is that as soon as I gave – for example, gave, received a game penalty. Today, as soon as I won the match, I turned to him. with hatred and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owe this person anything.
“He literally came to the match to literally just not support anyone, really. It was more just to stir up and disrespect.
Kyrgios complains about ‘disrespect’ from fans
Kyrgios has repeatedly stated that he was subjected to racist abuse from fans. He clarified that Tuesday’s incident was not related to racism.
“Not today,” he said (:50). “But there was a lot of disrespect thrown out of the crowd today. I’m just starting to think it’s normal, when it really isn’t. I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started – every time I went down to the far end, people just gathered. …
“I just don’t understand why the audience think they are capable of this. Just pure disrespect. Just whatever. I don’t understand why this happens over and over.”
He said that while he heard no racist taunts on Tuesday, “it happens all the time and nothing happens.”
Kyrgios dedicated his win to his screamers during an on-court post-match interview.
“The crowd was quite noisy today,” Kyrgios said. “A couple of people in the crowd are not shy about criticizing me. It was for you. You know who you are.”
Kiryos criticizes linesman: “The old man called it”
During the press conference, Kyrgios was also asked about his complaints about refereeing. One reporter asked if he told the linesman, “You’re in your 90s, you can’t see the ball.” He denied this, but mentioned the linesman’s age and eyesight in relation to a call he said was missed.
“I said most referees are older and I just don’t think it’s ideal when you play a sport with such a small margin,” Kyrgios said (2:30). “Because actually young people have better eyesight…
“When you play sports for hundreds and thousands of dollars, don’t you think we should have people who are really ready to claim the ball or not? … In fact, do some people have better eyesight when they are younger? … This is a specific case. I hit the ball. The old man called it. It was. Maybe if the guy was 40, he might not have named it.”
Kyrgios also admitted to calling the woman on the line a “snitch”.
“That’s what she did,” Kyrgios said. “I didn’t do anything and she went to the judge and told her what I didn’t say. This is called exposure. Actually what happened.”
Kyrgios, who was not seeded, lost the first set on Tuesday before rallying to defeat Jubb, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5. In the second round he will face number 26 Filip Krajinovic from Serbia.