Australian Nick Kyrgios There was a media controversy at Wimbledon on Tuesday after he spat in the direction of a pebble who said he was verbally abused around the globe.
27-year-old Kyrgios, who Paul Jubb of Britain 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5 In order to reach the second round, he turned towards the fan after the victory and spat on his side.
“Today, as soon as I win, I turned to him … I have long considered hate and negativity, so I don’t feel like I owed him anything,” said Kyrgios. He had to remove the fan, he said.
“He literally just came into the match literally, just like no one can really support him,” Kyrgios said. “It was just to wake up and disrespect. It’s fine. But if I’ll pay you, that’s just it.”
Kyrgios, who had nearly constant conversation with arbitrator Marija Cicack during the entire contest, is taking on social media because some fans are conducting the arts.
“I love this tournament; it has nothing to do with Wimbledon,” said Kyrgios about the event. “I just think the entire generation of people on social media feel like they have the right to comment on every single detail in a negative way. This is how real life works.
“Because it’s a hedge – I can’t physically do or say anything, because I’m uncomfortable – I only feel the need to be able to say what I want.”
Kyrgios was warned after he hit a ball from a stadium in one stadium and “snitch” one line of a woman he called when she went to speak to the judge, apparently for some of what he said at the back of the court.
“I didn’t do anything, and I went to the judge and told him I didn’t,” said Kyrgios. “She found it relevant to run for arbitration in 30. Love and deal with her. No one was there to see her in action today.”
At one point in the fight, he heard Kyrgios say, “I’m not starting to clap when I see a grocery store, can I?” The following pair of comments defended them.
“I never, ever went to anyone’s office and just blatantly spat, disdained them,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t understand why athletes are doing this. Why do they feel appreciated for work?
“becomes more and more in” [sports]. They just watched it, I don’t know, they’re so despised by the athletes. I don’t think it’s OK. Like, have you ever seen a supermarket like a grocery store and just started looking at some groceria? No. So why do I do it when I’m at Wimbledon? Why is it?