Nick Kyrgios has admitted spitting in the direction of a ‘disrespectful’ fan during his victory over Paul Jubb.
The Australian secured his place in the second round at SW19 with a thrilling 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 win over the Briton.
During an explosive afternoon, Kyrgios also clashed with a line judge and criticised the Wimbledon fans – insisting some had come along ‘just to stir it up and disrespect’ the 27-year-old.
During a press conference, one reporter asked ‘At the end, you did appear to spit in the direction of…” with Kyrios responding: ‘Of one of the people disrespecting me? Yes. I would not be doing that to someone who was supporting me.’
He added: ‘I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything.
‘He literally came to the match to not even support anyone really, just to stir up disrespect. That’s fine, but if I give it back to you, that’s just how it is.’
During a fiery afternoon, Kyrgios also called a line judge a ‘snitch’ as well as smashing a ball out of Court 3 in anger.
Speaking about a line judge, the 27-year-old said: ‘Has one person today come to see her speak?
‘No. I understand, but why is she doing that? Not one person in the stadium has come here to watch her do anything. Not one person.
‘Like, you know what I mean? You got fans, but she has got none.
‘What did I do? Like, come on. I know, but what? She just selfishly walks to you in the middle of a game because she’s a snitch.’
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