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Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios admits spitting towards spectator during first round match, video surfaces

Kyrigos outplayed his opponent and advanced into the second round of the competition where he will face 29th seed Filip Krajinovic on Thursday.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 30 June 2022 10:24 am

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios made an outstanding comeback against British wildcard Paul Jubb as the former came through the first-round men’s singles match 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5. The Australian was involved in a three-hour encounter with his opponent and advanced into the second round of the competition where he will face 29th seed Filip Krajinovic on Thursday.

While the Australian star beat home favourite Paul Jubb in an exciting contest, he was also engaged in a controversial exchange of words with a spectator and an argument with a line judge. In the latest development, Kyrgios spat in the direction of a spectator who as per the Tennis star heckled him during a match. The Australian Tennis star confronted the spectator who apparently booed him and after the match ended in his favour and spat in the spectator’s direction.

Responding to the incident, Kyrgios admitted that spectators made fun of him and the current crop of Tennis fans has started disrespecting the players, which is completely ‘unacceptable.’ “I am just trying to think it’s normal when it’s really not. I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started. every time I come down to the far end, people just go after me,” he told reporters.

Kyrgios further claimed that the particular spectator had no intention to support any of the Tennis players, but just to create a stir and express disrespect. “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 further shared.

Meanwhile, Kyrigos also got engaged in an argument with a line judge as he called him a snitch while raising a complaint to the chair umpire about a call that he felt went against him during the first set. He informed reporters that the umpires who are on duty are older and he does not think that’s ideal. “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 concluded.

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