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Nick Kyrgios comes out fighting after fine, telling his critics: 'I know what I bring to the sport'

Nick Kyrgios has said he is 'one of the most important people in tennis' in defiant message to his critics.
Nick Kyrgios comes out fighting at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios has lashed out at his critics, telling them 'they won't get to him' after a brilliant Wimbledon performance.

Kyrgios beat Paul Jubb in the first round but it was a match which made headlines for the wrong reasons. He accused a fan of showing him 'disrespect,' and a line-judge of being 'a snitch' for telling the umpire he had spat in the direction of the crowd.

He has been fined US$10,000 for the incident, but he put all that behind him by thrashing Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday.

After that match he was in defiant mood, and he had a message for anyone who wanted to aim any criticism his way.

"I'm comfortable with myself," Kyrgios said. "Some people love to take me down. They won't get me

"I just want people who watch this press conference or watch my tennis matches to believe in themselves, to be themselves and not what other people want.

"To be honest with you, I don't really care if there's an investigation into me for what happened the other day."

Nick Kyrgios is without a doubt one of the biggest box office draws in tennis, although much of that is due to the controversy that he brings.

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No player has been fined more by the ATP than Kyrgios, and that makes him a target for criticism from tennis traditionalists.

However, he says he is fully aware of his own value to tennis.

"I know what I bring to the sport," he said. "I'm one of the most important people in tennis.

"There's nothing to investigate about this, it's It's a fact. I've overcome many obstacles in my life.

"I'm very proud to be here and play this way. It's a dream come true to be at Wimbledon."

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