Wimbledon | Kyrgios alleges Tstsipas was at fault

Nick Kyrgios has taken his gloves off and refuted accusations by Stefanos Tsitsipas that he was “a bully” and had “a very evil side to him”

And he felt “it’s soft” his former doubles partner was “affected” by his behaviour following their tempestuous third-round encounter in which both players flirted with being defaulted before Kyrgios secured a last-16 date with American Brandon Nakashima.

Kyrgios declared his love for Tsitsipas on court immediately after completing his victory.

But the “bromance” appeared to be off when the unseeded 27-year-old heard what the fourth seed had said about him.

Greek Tsitsipas, who apologised after earning two code violations, was incensed by controversial Kyrgios’ behaviour.

He felt the Australian has a way of “manipulating the opponent” with “constant talking, the constant complaining”. And that “the circus on the other side of the net becomes tiring”. That “it becomes difficult to ignore”. That it was “frustrating to see people get away with that”.

The 23-year-old concluded: “It’s constant bullying, He was probably a bully at school. I don’t like bullies. He has a very evil side to him.”

Kyrgios said he was “not sure” how Tsitsipas came to that conclusion.

The world No.40 said: “He was the one hitting balls at me, he was the one that hit a spectator (although television pictures implied it didn’t), he was the one that smacked it out of the stadium. I didn’t do anything.

“Apart from me just going back and forth to the umpire for a bit, I did nothing towards Stefanos that was disrespectful, I don’t think. I was not drilling him with balls.”

Kyrgios, who called for the umpire to default the Greek during the match, pointed out he did not play Tsitsipas to “be his friend”.

He added: “We’re not cut from the same cloth. I go up against guys who are true competitors. If he’s affected by that, then that’s what’s holding him back.

“If someone can just do that and that’s going to throw him off his game like that. I just think it’s soft.

“I just think he’s making that match about me, like he’s got some serious issues, like serious. 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. Let’s just put that there.”

Kyrgios last reached the quarter-finals of The Championships as a 19-year-old.



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