The battle of the third round of Wimbledon 2022 between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios has reserved several surprises and twists. The result of the field led the Australian to advance further in the main draw and the Greek to postpone again to next year the opportunity to obtain an important milestone in the London Slam.
A much discussed game on Saturday evening and throughout the morning of Sunday 3 July due to the various unsportsmanlike episodes that occurred during the match and the long-distance clash between the two players in a press conference and on social media.
The native of Athens became the protagonist of a shot sent towards the public, touching some spectators, and of having tried to hit his opponent several times in exchanges. On the other hand, the 27-year-old, more lucid and intelligent in understanding the tracks that the confrontation was taking, protested more than once to the judge of the chair for the behavior of his rival, also asking for a disqualification.
Wimbledon has formalized the disciplinary measures for the two athletes after the contest held. In the end, the tournament decided to sanction both: Tsitsipas, number 5 in the world, received a fine of 10 thousand dollars for ball abuse (referring to the episode of the ball); only $ 4,000 for Kyrgios for verbal abuse.
Wimbledon announces sanctions against Tsitsipas and Kyrgios
The tennis players made the tennis world discuss over the mutual accusations at a press conference. The Greek justified his behavior in front of the media, addressing heavy words to Nick: "It is bullying towards opponents, he himself was perhaps at school.
He talks all the time, shouts, provokes. In the long run you can't stand it anymore. He has an evil side that can hurt people, he does it on purpose to get into your head "he declared. The Australian's response was not long in coming:" He was the one who threw the balls at me, he was the one who hit one viewer.
I have not done anything. If the opposite had happened, I would have been disqualified. He created the circus, why should I apologize? I want to see how much I will be fined," was the reply from Kyrgios, who discovered the penalty against him in these hours.