Nick Kyrgios has been fined $US10,000 ($14,500) for spitting towards a spectator in a burst of ugly behaviour in his first-round match at Wimbledon.
The latest in several big-money fines this season for the Australian came, ironically, on Thursday after he’d been on his best behaviour while producing one of his finest Wimbledon performances to knock out No.28 seed Filip Krajinovic and roar into the third round.
After an investigation, tournament officials imposed the punishment following Kyrgios’s admission that he had spat towards a spectator and called a line judge a “snitch” during an explosive win over Briton Paul Jubb.
Kyrgios had pleaded mitigating circumstances, telling the chair umpire that he’d ignored his pleas for an abusive spectator to be ejected.
Nick Kyrgios takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in a blockbuster clash at Wimbledon today ,with the winner likely to be the main obstacle in Rafael Nadal’s path to the final.
Fourth seed Tsitsipas is the only other top-10 player left in Nadal’s side of the draw, while fiery Australian Kyrgios is a match for anybody on his day. The pair meet early on Sunday morning AEST.
Tsitsipas confidence is high after he took out his his first grass-court title in Mallorca last week and he now has an 8-2 record on the surface this season.