Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is winning matches but losing money at this year’s Wimbledon.
The 40-year-old singles player was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, the biggest fine handed down at the All England Club this year.
The controversial tennis player was fined after spitting at a fan during his first-round win against Britain’s Paul Jubba on Tuesday. Kyrgios admitted during the post-match conference that it was intentional.
“Today, as soon as I won the match, I turned to him… I’ve dealt with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owe that person anything,” Kyrgios said.
“He literally came to the game to literally, like, not even really support anybody,” he continued. “It was more just to incite and disrespect. It’s alright. But if I give it back to you, that’s just it.”
So did Kyrgios, who won the match in four sets attacked the linesmanwho called her an “ass” after she reported something Kyrgios said to the umpire.
“Has anyone come here today to see her speak? No,” Kyrgios told the umpire. “Why is he doing it? No one in the stadium saw her come to do anything. Not a single person.”
Kyrgios’ problems continued in the second set when he informed the presiding umpire that the crowd had hurled racial slurs at him and claimed they should be removed.
Fortunately, Kyrgios’ on-court drama is not affecting his strong game, with the Australian hothead continuing his winning streak with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the second round.
In the post-match conference after his stellar performance against Krajinovic, Kyrgios took shots at reporters who questioned both his play and Tuesday’s spat.
“Today I played with Filip Krajinovic. Don’t you want to know how I played?” he shot back.
“There was nothing the media could tell me I did wrong today,” Kyrgios said of Thursday’s match.
“I just know you can’t ask me anything or excite me. I love it because you can’t write anything,” the player continued. “What do you want to say? Nothing today. I have amazed you all.”
All eyes will be on Kyrgios this Saturday, where he will take turns – verbally and physically – as he heads into a match against Greek No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of Wimbledon’s most anticipated matches to date.