Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas have both been fined following their fiery third-round match at Wimbledon on Saturday.
World No. 5 Tsitsipas was handed a $10,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct — the joint-highest single fine of the tournament so far.
After the match, he apologized for hitting a ball into the stands, which is deemed a separate offense in the grand slam rulebook.
Kyrgios, who won the match in four sets and faces USA’s Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round on Monday, was fined $4,000 for an audible obscenity.
That means the Australian has been fined $14,000 so far this tournament, having been sanctioned for spitting in the direction of a spectator he said was disrespecting him during his first-round match against Britain’s Paul Jubb.
Following Saturday’s heated contest, Tsitsipas and Kyrgios continued to trade barbs off the court — the Greek fourth seed calling his opponent “evil” and a “bully,” while Kyrgios said Tsitsipas is “not liked” in the locker room.
“I did nothing towards Stefanos today that was disrespectful,” he added. “I was not drilling him with balls. To come in here and say I bullied him, that’s just soft.”
Kyrgios beat Tsitsipas in four sets — 6-7(2) 6-4 6-3 7-6(7) — in an action-packed, controversial game on Court One but the pair continued the feud at their post-match press conferences.
Tsitsipas had been frustrated by Kyrgios’ “constant bullying” from the other side of the net and had tried to hit his opponent with a shot during the fiery encounter.
Kyrgios, who was vocal throughout, was warned for swearing by the umpire and was left furious when Tsitsipas wasn’t disqualified for firing a ball into the crowd out of frustration.
“Yeah, it’s constant bullying, that’s what he does. He bullies opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies,” Tsitsipas told reporters after the match.
“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.”
Kyrgios has attracted controversy for his on-court behavior throughout his career, but at this year’s Wimbledon he has also played some of his best tennis — notably as he swept past Filip Krajinovic is just an hour and 25 minutes in the second round.
The 27-year-old has reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam on two previous occasions — a record he could equal by beating Nakashima when the pair meet on Centre Court.
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