Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios have both been fined for their Wimbledon third round antics as Wimbledon handed the Greek a $10,000 fine, while the Australian received a $4,000 fine. Tsitsipas was fined for smashing the ball into the crowd, while Kyrgios was hit by a fine because of audible obscenity.
Kyrgios, 27, recovered from a set down to beat Kyrgios 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7) and reach the Wimbledon last-16.
After the match, Tsitsipas described Kyrgios as a bully. "It's constant bullying," Tsitsipas said of Kyrgios' behavior. "He was probably a bully at school. I don't like bullies. He has a very evil side to him."
Tsitsipas admitted to purposely trying to hit Kyrgios
In the third set, Tsitsipas attempted to hit Kyrgios but missed by a lot. "I was aiming for the body of my opponent but I missed by a lot, by a lot," Tsitsipas said.
"I'm not used to play this way. But I cannot just sit there, act like a robot and act like someone that is completely cold and ignorant. Because you're out there doing your job, and you have noise coming from the other side of the court for no absolute reason."
After hearing Tsitsipas calling him an "evil bully," Kyrgios responded by calling the Greek "soft" and suggested the Greek is unlikable player. "I don’t know what he’s talking about.
The circus was all him. He’s got some serious issues.I just think [Tsitsipas] is making that match about me, like he's got some serious issues. I'm good in the locker room. I've got many friends, just to let you know.
I'm actually one of the most liked. I'm set. He's not liked," Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s that soft, to come in here and say I bullied him. That’s just soft. If he was affected by that today, then that’s what’s holding him back."