LONDON — The fiery third-round Wimbledon match between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas has resulted in both players being fined.
Kyrgios defeated Tsitsipas 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) to book his place in the fourth round on Saturday. But he has received a $4,000 fine for an « audible obscenity » after being hit with a code violation during the match.
His opponent, Tsitsipas, has also been hit with a $10,000 fine for « unsportsmanlike conduct » after being handed two code violations for ball abuse during the match.
The tempestuous encounter left Tsitsipas furious, saying Kyrgios has « an evil side » and must have been « a bully at school » for the way he behaved throughout the match.
Kyrgios, who will open play on Center Court on Monday against Brandon Nakashima, fired back at Tsitsipas, calling him « soft. » The flashpoint in the match happened in the second set when Tsitsipas flicked a ball into the corner stands, narrowly missing a spectator. Kyrgios called on Tsitsipas to be defaulted, but play continued with the Australian eventually closing it out.
It is Kyrgios’ second fine of this tournament, having received a $10,000 fine for « unsportsmanlike conduct » following his opening-round win over Paul Jubb. Kyrgios admitted to spitting in the direction of a heckling fan after seeing off Jubb in five sets.
« He literally came to the match to not even support anyone really, just to stir up disrespect. That’s fine, but if I give it back to you, that’s just how it is, » Kyrgios said. « I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything. »