Tsitsipas calls Kyrgios a “bully” after Wimbledon loss
The Plaintiff, Stefanos Tsitsipas, states his case against the Defendant, Nick Kygrios:
1. “They are repetitive over and over again. It starts to really get — it starts to get really difficult to ignore, in a way.
Yeah, it felt kind of a circus, in a way.”
2. “The constant talking, the constant complaining. I mean, I’m about to serve, and there is a big gap there that there is no tennis being played, which is the most important thing in the court. We are there to play tennis. We are not there to have conversations and dialogues with other people, except — especially actually, not “except” — especially when you really know that the referee is not going to overrule what he decided, you know. It’s really silly, in a way. The referee has made a decision. I don’t know. It’s just like, how are you even going to change his mind? It doesn’t work this way. You are there to play tennis.”
3. “I wish we could all come together and put a rule in place. Something about talking. Why would you be talking while you’re playing? It makes no sense. You are out there to do your job. Tennis is “the” most important thing that we are doing out there.”
4. “Every single point that I played today I feel like there was something going on on the other side of the net. I’m not trying to be distracted by that, because I know it might be intentional, because for sure he can play other way. And that’s his way of manipulating the opponent and making you feel distracted, in a way.”
5. “There is no other player that does this. There is no other player that is so upset and frustrated all the time with something. It triggers it so easy and so fast.”
6. “I really hope all us players can come up with something and make this a cleaner version of our sport, have this kind of behavior not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated, and move on better.”
7. “This needs to stop. It’s not okay. Like, someone needs to sit down with him and talk, like, or — I don’t, like, I don’t know what to say. There is frustration behind that, for sure. I’m not used to play this way. But I cannot just sit there, act like a robot and act like someone that is completely cold and ignorant.”
8. “You know, it has happened three, four times now. Okay, one time I understand, you know. But, like, if it starts happening two, three, four times, it really gets to your nerves. Because you’re out there doing your job, and you have noise coming from the other side of the court for no absolute reason.”
9. “It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does. He bullies the opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies. I don’t like people that put other people down. He has some good traits in his character, as well. But when he — he also has a very evil side to him, which if it’s exposed, it can really do a lot of harm and bad to the people around him.
10. “I don’t think he could play without having a circus around. It’s just the way he likes things being done, like he’s on his own terms, his own way. He just always gets away with it. I spoke to the umpire briefly, telling him that, It’s really crossing the line in many ways. I do understand he got a code violation for something he did. I remember one, two of the line umpires walking up to the referee and telling him something. So it happened twice, something might happen twice. It just feels very messy. It just feels like disorganized in a way.
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