'I don't like bullies' - Tsitsipas confirms he tried hitting Nick Kyrgios in fiery clash

Stefanos Tsitsipas

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS was infuriated with Nick Kyrgios for his antics during their Wimbledon clash.

Tsitsipas was also cheered off the court with Kyrgios going on to say he still "loves" the Greek star despite their differences on the court but after the match, it was a different story.

Stefanos Tsitsipas fired a cheeky shot at Nick Kyrgios following their match as the Greek used the Greek Australian's tattoo message as a caption for his Instagram post. Tsitsipas and Kyrgios clashed in what was a very heated battle as the Australian beat the Greek 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7) in the Wimbledon third round.

Tsitsipas and Kyrgios were going at it throughout the entire match and it continued during their post-match press conferences.

Tsitsipas called Kyrgios an "evil bully," to which Kyrgios responded by calling Tsitsipas "soft" and not very likable in the locker room.

On his leg, Kyrgios has a quote tattooed: "Give a man a mask and he will become his true self."

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Tsitsipas called Kyrgios an 'evil bully'

"It's constant bullying," Tsitsipas said of Kyrgios' behaviour.

"He was probably a bully at school. I don't like bullies. He has a very evil side to him." Also, Tsitsipas complained that Kyrgios' behaviour was causing too much distraction to him. "I wish we could all come together and put a rule in place.

I don't know. Something about talking. Why would you be talking while you're playing? It makes no sense," Tsitsipas added. "Every single point that I played today I feel like there was something going on on the other side of the net.

That's his way of manipulating the opponent and making you feel distracted, in a way. There is no other player that does this. There is no other player that is so upset and frustrated all the time with something. I really hope all us players can come up with something and make this a cleaner version of our sport, have this kind of behaviour not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated."

Tsitsipas and Kyrgios found themselves in a very heated battle and the Greek admitted he purposely tried to hit the Australian with the ball in the third set.

Nick plays American Brandon Nakashima next for a spot in the quarterfinals.