Nick Kyrgios has admitted to spitting at an ‘disrespectful’ fan during his win over Paul Jubb.
The Aussie secured his place in the second round at SW19 with a thrilling 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 win over the Brit.
During an explosive afternoon, Kyrgios also clashed with and criticized a linesman Wimbledon fans – who insisted some had come ‘just to upset it and disrespect the 27-year-old’
During a press conference, a reporter asked, “You seemed to spit in the direction of… at the end,” to which Kyrios replied, “That one of the people doesn’t respect me? Yes. I wouldn’t do that to anyone who supports me.’
He added: “I’ve dealt with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owe this person anything.
“He literally came to the game not really supporting anyone just to stir up disrespect. That’s fine, but if I give it back to you, so be it.”
During a fiery afternoon, Kyrgios also called a linesman a “snitch” and angrily smashed a ball out of Court 3.
Speaking to a linesman, the 27-year-old said: “Did anyone come to see you speak today?
‘No. I understand, but why is she doing this? Not one person in the stadium came here to watch her do anything. Not one person.
“Do you understand what I mean? You have fans but she doesn’t have any.
‘What have I done? Like, come on. I know but what? She just comes to you mid-game because she’s a snitch.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/28/nick-kyrgios-explains-why-he-spat-in-direction-of-wimbledon-fan-during-first-round-win-16908800/ Nick Kyrgios explains why he spat at Wimbledon fan in first round win