In probably the most entertaining matches in recent times, Nick Kyrgios stunned 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets 6-7(2),6-4,6-3,7-6(7) in the third round at Wimbledon 2022. The match was filled with drama all the way with constant interruptions, and heated exchanges.
Kyrgios, at times, got carried away and started ranting during the first set which didn’t end till the match got over. He called out Tsitsipas for his behavior ironically and also used bad language toward the umpire. He got into heated discussions with the crowd and also at a point, refused to play if any new supervisor wasn’t called.
In all, it was typical Kyrgios on Court No.1 at Wimbledon and Tsitsipas surely didn’t like his antics. In the press conference, the Greek straight away called Kyrgios a bully. He said that he constantly bullies his opponents and deduced that he probably was a bully in school. He added that there might be some good characteristics in his personality, but his evil side, when exposed, can do a lot of harm to people around him.
“Yeah, it’s constant bullying,” Tsitsipas said. “That’s what he does. He bullies the opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people that put other people down. He has some good traits in his character, as well. But when he also has a very evil side to him, which if it’s exposed, it can really do a lot of harm and bad to the surrounding people.”
‘I don’t think he could play without having a circus around’: Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitispas further added that he doesn’t feel that Kyrgios can play a tennis match without putting on a circus. He said that he likes things when they are on his terms and he always gets away with it. He even mentioned that he spoke to the umpire too about the same.
“I don’t think he could play without having a circus around,” added Tsitsipas. “It’s just the way he likes things being done, like he’s on his own terms, his own way. He just always gets away with it. I spoke to the umpire briefly, telling him that, You know, it’s really crossing the line in many ways.”