June 6, 2023

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Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas fined after fiery match at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas fined after fiery match at Wimbledon

World number five Tsitsipas was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike behavior – the highest single fine at the tournament to date.

After the match, he apologized for hitting a ball in the stands, which is considered a separate offense in the Grand Slam rulebook.

Kyrgios, who won the match in four sets and faces American Brandon Nakashima in the fourth round on Monday, was fined $4,000 for an audible indecent offense.

That means the Australian has been fined $14,000 so far at this tournament, after he was punished for spitting in the direction of a spectator he said he was respecting during his first-round match against Britain’s Paul Gibb.

After Saturday’s heated competition, Tsitsipas and Kyrgios continued to exchange criticism off the court – the Greek fourth seed described his opponent as a “villain” and a “bully”, while Kyrgios said Tsitsipas was “unlikeable” in the locker room.

“I did nothing to Stefanos today that is disrespectful,” he added. “I wasn’t digging him with balls. To come here and say I terrified him, that’s nice.”

Kyrgios has sparked controversy for his on-court behavior throughout his career, but at this year’s Wimbledon he also played some of the best tennis games – particularly as he Filip Krajinovic swept It’s just an hour and 25 minutes into the second round.

The 27-year-old has reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam on two previous occasions – a record he could equal with a win over Nakashima when the pair meet on Center Court.