Nick Kyrgios Admits Spitting in Direction of Violent Fan During Wimbledon First Round Win and Interrogates “Old” Line Judge | Tennis news

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Jacquie Beltrao claims Nick Kyrgios admitted spitting in the direction of a violent fan during his Wimbledon first round win and questioned a touch judge whom he described as “an old man”

Jacquie Beltrao claims Nick Kyrgios admitted spitting in the direction of a violent fan during his Wimbledon first round win and questioned a touch judge whom he described as “an old man”

Nick Kyrgios admitted spitting in the direction of a violent fan during an explosive post-match press conference on Tuesday.

Kyrgios criticized abusive Wimbledon fans and questioned the age of the line judges after reaching round two with a 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 win on British number 8 Paul Jubb.

In response to a reporter’s question, who asked: “In the end, you seem to spit in the direction of …” Kyrios replied: “Of one of the people I disrespect, yes. I wouldn’t do that to someone who I am. claimed “.

He added: “I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel I owe that person anything.

“He literally came to the game not to even support anyone, just to arouse disrespect. Okay, but if I give it back to you, that’s it.”

Kyrgios said he was not racially abused during the match, but continued to criticize the crowd in general and the influence of social media in encouraging “negativity”.

“A lot of disrespect was launched today,” Kyrgios said. “And I’m just starting to think it’s normal, when it really isn’t.

“I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started – every time I went to the other extreme – just by going. I don’t know if that’s normal or not.”

Australian world number 40 added: “I love this tournament. It has nothing to do with Wimbledon; I just think it’s just a whole generation of people, on social media, who feel they have the right to comment on every single thing. with negativity It just continues in real life.

“There’s a fence there, and physically I can’t do anything or say anything because I’m going to get in trouble, so they feel like they can just say whatever they want.”

Kyrgios also spoke of his frustration over a fiery exchange with a line judge during the match, with the 27-year-old resisting his criticisms of the “old man”.

“I said most of the referees are older and I don’t think that’s ideal when you play a sport with such small margins,” said Kyrgios.

“In fact, younger people have better eyesight. Don’t you think that’s appropriate?

“When you play a sport worth hundreds and thousands of dollars, don’t you think we should have people who are really ready to call in or out of the ball?

“That specific thing: I hit a ball, the old man called it out. He was in. Probably, if the kid was 40, he might not have called him. In that case, he got the call wrong.”

British number eight Paul Jubb pushed Nick Kyrgios all the way in his first round match, taking him to five sets

British number eight Paul Jubb pushed Nick Kyrgios all the way in his first round match, taking him to five sets

Kyrgios lost 30 aces and made 55 unforced errors in his hard-fought victory, with 22-year-old Jubb pushing him to five sets.

Earlier, in his on-pitch interview, Kyrgios paid tribute to the young Brit while also referring to his disappointment with the crowd.

“Incredibly tough,” he said. “Obviously he is a local wildcard, he had nothing to lose, he played for the moment and played exceptional tennis.

“(The) crowd was pretty rowdy today, a couple of people in the crowd weren’t ashamed to criticize me. That was for you. You know who you are.”

What Kyrgios said at an explosive press conference

Reporter: Sorry if I leave the tennis circuit. Rather serious question. Have you been a victim of racial abuse in court?

NK: Not today, no, no. But a lot of disrespect was thrown by the crowd today. I’m just starting to think it’s normal when it really isn’t. You know, I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they just started every time I got all the way, people were leaving. I just don’t know if it’s normal or not.

Reporter: How does it make you feel when you hear it? A lot of people like you here. Is it something new that you are discovering?

NK: It just happened, like, of course, when racial abuse happened in Stuttgart, and then it happened in (Naomi) Osaka in Indian Wells where someone yelled, it affected his match. I don’t understand why viewers feel capable of doing this.

Reporter: Can you share with us any details of what you have been told?

NL: Just sheer disrespect, anything. Like someone just yelled that I was shit in the crowd today. It’s normal? No. But I just don’t understand why it’s happening over and over.

Reporter: Normally you love this tournament …

NK: No, I love this tournament. It has nothing to do with Wimbledon. I just think it’s a whole generation of people like on social media who feel they have the right to comment on every single thing with negativity. It just continues in real life.

Because there is a fence there, and physically I can’t do anything or say anything because I’ll get in trouble. They just feel the need to be able to say whatever they want.

Reporter: On the other hand, you were overheard today, you were having some interaction with the line judges. At one point I think you said, “You’re 90, you can’t see the ball.”

NK: No, I said that most of the referees are older, and I don’t think that’s ideal when playing a sport with such small margins. Actually, younger people have better eyesight. Don’t you think it’s appropriate?

When you play in a sport for hundreds and thousands of dollars, don’t you think we should have people really ready to call the ball in or out?

Reporter: Is it a question of age, though?

NK: Does anyone actually have better eyesight when they’re younger?

Reporter: Not necessarily.

NK: What do you mean by ‘not necessarily’ (laughter)? What do you mean? What do you mean by “not necessarily”?

Reporter: I do not know.

NK: That specific thing, I hit a ball, the old man called it out, it was in. So probably if the guy was 40, he might not have called him.

Reporter: But he might be 60 and have 20/20 eyesight, you don’t know.

NK: In this case he got the call wrong.

Reporter: Young people get a call wrong, right?

NK: Okay. I don’t understand the question, though.

Reporter: Can you delve into the whole social media thing? Do other players share your fears? What would you like Wimbledon to do about it?

NK: I haven’t told anyone … I’m just giving you an example. I think people, viewers, everyone is so quick that they negatively put their energies on someone else. And there are no real consequences.

On social media you can just hit someone on social media and there are no real consequences. Now, whether it is racial abuse or simply disrespect, it is acceptable. But why is it acceptable?

Reporter: If it’s two or three times, then they should say …

NK: I don’t know. As a player who takes it very hard, I am getting it almost every game. I play someone who is – just because he’s sitting there and I can’t do anything, he just feels the need.

Reporter: Has any authority ever eliminated a fan in one of your games?

NK: Yes, a couple of times.

Reporter: Do you have any sympathy for what happens with line judges, for example? Do you have any sympathy for the way they are treated by players, for example? The referees take it, the line judges take it.

NK: It goes deeper because if I miss a tennis match and it comes down to a call, they don’t get abused on social media. I have to face it. My girlfriend deals with hate messages. My family deals with hate messages. I deal with hate messages.

Where, for example, that time in Miami where Carlos Bernardes did it and the whole game changed. Was he dealing with the repercussions? I still have to deal with that. They go on as if nothing had happened. They went back out there to referee, to referee.

For me, hate messages carry a lot more weight than that. This is what people don’t understand. He’s not alone, oh, he made a bad call, and I’m just abusing the ref. I am frustrated.

If I lose this game, you have no idea how many abuses I have to suffer, where the referees suffer nothing. What do they go through?

Reporter: Do you have any sympathy for them, though?

NK: Yeah, if I take a 220 serve and it hits it, oh, sorry. Are you OK? If they make a bad call, I only focus on one line, why should I sympathize with it? There are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Why should I be sympathetic to this? It does not make sense.

Reporter: I can only ask you, in the end you seemed to spit in the direction of …

NK: One of the people I disrespect. Yup.

Reporter: So was it deliberated?

NK: Yes. I wouldn’t do that to someone who supports me.

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