Written by Anthony Lewsam
Nick Kyrgios will take on 23rd Seed Filip Krajinovic in the second round at Wimbledon, after defeating British wildcard Paul Jubb in the opening round on Tuesday Night.
The Canberra tennis star lost the first and fourth sets in the 5-set marathon, with the pair doing battle for just over three hours, before Kyrgios took victory 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Australian, lasting just 12 minutes before accusing a ball umpire of being a “snitch with no friends”, after she caught him allegedly say something untoward and reported it to the chair umpire.
As the match went on, Kyrgios claims he put off several times by the crowd before eventually spitting in the direction of the ‘misbehaving’ onlookers after the match concluded.
Post-match, Kyrgios defended his actions by stating “I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything.
“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.”
The Aussie then also mid-match had a go at one of the more elderly lines-man, suggesting that all the older officials should be replaced by someone younger with better eye-sight.
Wimbledon officials are still deciding whether to give Kyrgios any fines.
Kyrgios will hit the court again on Thursday with good mate Thanasi Kokkinakas in the first round of the Men’s Doubles.
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