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Stefanos Tsitsipas blames Nick Kyrgios 'circus' for Wimbledon ball abuse incident

Stefanos Tsitsipas has explained the incident when he hit a ball into the crowd at Wimbledon - and he says it was at least partly Nick Kyrgios' fault.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that he 'didn't know what went through his head' when he hit a ball into the crowd at Wimbledon - but it was at least partly Nick Kyrgios' fault.

Tsitsipas and Kyrgios played out a brilliantly absorbing match in the third round on Saturday, but it was a contest dominated by controversy.

Immediately after losing the second set, Tsitsipas took a ball and hit it, apparently deliberately, into the crowd.

It was a scene reminiscent of the incident that saw Novak Djokovic defaulted from the 2020 US Open, but it fortunately did not hit anyone and he got away with it.

Kyrgios himself was unhappy, and at one point told the umpire he was refusing to play until he saw the match supervisor about the incident.

In truth, it was just one incident of a bad-tempered match, with Tsitsipas later accusing Kyrgios of 'bullying' and intimidation as he crashed out of Wimbledon.

"It was really bad from my side," Tsitsipas admitted of the incident when he hit a ball into the crowd.

"I've never done that before. I did apologise. I don't know what went through my head.

"With all the circus show going on on the other side of the net, it started to become very tiring.

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"I didn't hit any people, it hit the wall, thank God. It's my responsibility for sure but there was also something that created that behaviour that I'm not used to see myself."

Nick Kyrgios later had his own say on the incident, as well as answering Stefanos Tsitsipas' accusations.

“I don’t know what to say,” Kyrgios said after learning of the comments. “I didn’t bully him or disrespect him.

“The circus was all him today. He’s making it all about me but he’s got serious issues. I’m liked in the dressing room but he’s not liked, let me tell you.

"If that had been me (hitting the ball into the crowd), I’d have been hauled out of the tournament. He apologised but is that okay?

“I’ll be very interested to see what sort of fine he gets.”

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