Mercurial Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios admitted he spat in the direction of a spectator during his first-round win at Wimbledon 2022, adding he was being heckled by the person in question who was at the stands at the grass-court major.
Nick Kyrgios confronted the spectator who apparently booed him and spat in his direction and complained about being disrespected often in the recent past.
Kyrgios needed 5 sets to beat British wildcard Paul Jubb as he came through the first round men’s singles match 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5.
The 27-year-old had complained about racial slurs from the crowd in Stuttgart earlier this month and although he said the heckling at Wimbledon was not racially motivated.
“I’m just starting to think that it’s normal when it’s really not. I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started just every time I came down to the far end, people just going,” Kyrgios said.
“Of one of the people disrespecting me, yes. I would not be doing that to someone who was supporting me.
“As soon as I won the match, I turned to him … I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything.
“He literally came to the match to just not even support anyone really. It was more just to stir up and disrespect.”
KYRGIOS UNHAPPY WITH LINE JUDGE CALL
Meanwhile, Kyrgios also had an argument with a line judge as he called him a snitch while complaining to the chair umpire about a call that he felt went against him during the first set in the topsy-turvy first-round match.
“I said most of the umpires are older and I just don’t think that’s ideal when you’re playing a sport of such small margins. Actually, people that are younger have better eyesight,” Kyrgios said.
“When you’re playing a sport for hundreds and thousands of dollars, do you not think that we should have people that are really ready to call the ball in or out?”
Kyrgios, who reached the Wimbledon quarter-final way back in 2014, will take on 29th seed Filip Krajinovic in his second-round match on Thursday.