Nick Kyrgios Gets Slapped With a $10,000 Fine Over His Controversial Spitting Incident at Wimbledon Championships 2022

Published 07/01/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2022 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his second round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Toby Melville

Nick Kyrgios has been a feisty competitor throughout his tennis career. Despite boasting an enormous amount of talent, he has often found himself on the wrong side of controversies. Earlier this season, he lost his cool and smashed his racket so hard on the court that it came close to hitting the ball-kid.

Further, another controversy engulfed the Australian at the ongoing Wimbledon Championships 2022. The 27-year-old lost his cool during his first-round match against Paul Jubb. Subsequently, after the match, he spat towards a spectator recieving sanctions from the governing bodies.

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Nick Kyrgios handed a massive fine

The reigning Australian Open men’s doubles champion was fined USD 10,000 for spitting towards a spectator after his first-round victory at the Wimbledon Championships 2022. His actions came after the spectator was reportedly ‘disrespectful’ towards him, as claimed by Kyrgios. Nonetheless, the Australian star put on an impressive performance to prevail over the local hero Paul Jubb.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 12: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates after winning a point in his Men’s Singles third round match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day five of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 12, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, Kyrgios put on a dominant display to upset the 26th seed, Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. In a match lasting just under an hour and a half, the Australian prevailed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. In the next round, he will take on the fourth seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Kyrgios defends his actions

During the post-match interview after his first-round win, the 27-year-old clarified his actions, saying, “Of one of the people disrespecting me, yes. I would not be doing that to someone who was supporting me. I’m okay with receiving a lot of it [heckling]. What I don’t understand is as soon as I give it back, for instance in Stuttgart I gave it back, and I got a game penalty. As soon as I won the match, I turned to him.”

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Kyrgios will look to put this controversy behind him as he takes on Tsitsipas next. It’ll be a mouth-watering contest between the Aussie and the Greek stars, their second meeting this year.

Do you think Kyrgios can continue to advance at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club? Let us know in the comments.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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