Nick Kyrgios loses it during Wimbledon press conference as he blasts fans for ‘pure disrespect’
Nick Kyrgios has unleashed “disrespectful” fans at Wimbledon in a fiery interview, where he spent most of his time scooping sushi.
The Australian tennis bad boy triumphed over Briton Paul Jubb to win 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5 in the first round on Wednesday.
But it wasn’t long before the 27-year-old returned to his old antics, calling a frontier woman a “snitch,” spit at a spectator, and slammed a ball into the crowd.
The suspense continued in his post-match interview, where he was bizarrely seen stuffing a box of sushi between answering questions.
Nick Kyrgios has unleashed ‘disrespectful’ fans at Wimbledon in fiery interview, where he spent most of his time dishing up sushi
The tennis bad boy won the first round at Wimbledon on Wednesday morning, but the match was filled with controversy after he spat at a spectator and lashed out at umpires
“Today there was a lot of disdain thrown from the audience,” he said after asking for some fans to be removed as early as the first set.
“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 got to the far end people just went. I just don’t know if it’s normal or not.
“Just sheer disrespect, just everything. Someone just yelled that I was in the crowd today. Is that normal? No. I just don’t understand why it keeps happening.
“Have you ever gone to a supermarket and started yelling at someone who was scanning the groceries? No. So why do they do it when I’m at Wimbledon? Why is that?’.
Nick Kyrgios admitted to spitting at an abusive spectator at Wimbledon
His mid-conference meal angered many tennis fans who accused him of being disrespectful.
‘You are disrespectful to eat while being interviewed; you need to get some respect,” one tweeted.
“Nick Kyrgios says he doesn’t want people to disrespect him as he spits at people, calls linesmen ‘old man’ and then eats at a press conference,” wrote another.
Complaining of disrespect while he is eating and talking over his lunch during a press conference. At least I would have thought journo would have asked him to show some manners and a little respect for them!’
Nick Kyrgios complains about fans ‘disrespecting’ him at Wimbledon by spitting at one of them while he was eating food and speaking with his mouth full. Throw him out,’ said one.
Kyrgios added that he was happy to play the villain and was later asked if his spitting at a fan after match point was intentional.
The fiery star insists the spectator was there to “excite and be disrespectful” during his match
“Towards one of the people who disrespects me, yes,” he said.
“I wouldn’t do that to someone who supported me.”
The tennis star was then asked why he had targeted the linesmen with a journalist who said Kyrgios remarked above his head: ‘you are in your 90s, you can’t see the ball’.
The tennis star claimed he only said the umpires are ‘older’, ranting about how younger people can see better.
‘Actually, younger people have better eyesight. Don’t you think that’s appropriate?’ he hit back.
“If you’re playing a sport for hundreds and thousands of dollars, don’t you think we should have people who are really ready to call the ball in or out?”
During his win over Paul Jubb, Kyrgios was also embroiled in several heated outbursts
The reporter replied that younger people don’t “necessarily” have better eyesight, which only inflamed Kyrgios more.
‘What do you mean not necessary? What does he mean? What do you mean not necessary? That particular thing, I hit a ball in it, the old man cried out, it was in,’ Kyrgios said.
“So if the man was 40, maybe he wouldn’t have said that.”
At another explosive moment in the match, Kyrgios appeared to call a female linesman a “snitch” with “no fans.”
“I didn’t do anything and she went to the referee and told her something I didn’t say,” he said in the post-match interview.
“She thought it was relevant to go to the referee when she was 30 and talk about her.”
Earlier in the match, Kyrgios fired a ball into the stands, earning him a ball abuse warning.
Kyrgios is pictured with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi