Australian Nick Kyrgios He was at the center of the controversy at Wimbledon on Tuesday after he spat in the direction of a fan who said he had been verbally abusing him throughout his first-round match.
It was Kyrgios, 27, who beat Paul Gib For Britain 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5 to reach the second round, he turned toward the cheerleader after grabbing the victory and spitting in his direction.
“Today, 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 owe this person anything,” Kyrgios said. He also asked to remove the fan, he said.
“He literally came into the match to literally achieve like, not even really supportive of anyone,” Kyrgios said. “It was more than just excitement and disrespect. That’s fine. But if I give it back to you, that’s what happens.”
Kyrgios, who had a near-constant chat with referee Marija تشيecak, blamed social media for the way some fans behaved.
“I love this tournament, it has nothing to do with Wimbledon,” Kyrgios said of the incident. “I think a whole generation of people on social media feel they have a right to comment on everything negatively. It’s just moving into real life.
“Because there’s a fence in there – and I can’t do anything or say anything physically because I’m going to get in trouble – they just feel the need that they can just say whatever they want.”
Kyrgios was warned after hitting a ball outside the stadium at one point and called a female class worker a ” snitch” when she went to speak to the referee, apparently because of something he said in the back of the field.
I didn’t do anything and went to the referee and told her something I didn’t say, Kyrgios said. “I found it appropriate to go run up to referee in 30 Love and talk about her. There was no one to see her today, realistically.”
At one point during the match, Kyrgios was heard saying, “I don’t start clapping when they scan at the supermarket, do I?” He defended those comments after the match.
“I’ve never gone to anyone else’s job, spit blatantly, and have no respect for them,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t understand why people do this to athletes. Why do they feel the need for what is acceptable?
“It happens more and more in [sports]. Like, just spectators, I don’t know, they don’t respect athletes. I don’t think it is fine. Like, have you ever been to such a supermarket and just started blaming someone who is scanning groceries? No, why would they do that when I’m at Wimbledon? why is that?”
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