Kyrgios defeated Tsitsipas in four sets – 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7) – in a tense and controversial first court game, but the pair continued their feud in their post-match press conferences. .
Tsitsipas was frustrated by the “constant bullying” of Kyrgios on the other side of the net and tried to hit the opponent with a kick during a heated fight.
Kyrgios, who spoke loudly the whole time, was cautioned by the referee for using foul language and became furious when Tsitsipas was not disqualified for throwing the ball into the crowd out of frustration.
“Yeah, it’s constant bullying, that’s what he does. He mocks his opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like hooligans,” Tsitsipas told reporters after the match.
“I don’t like people who put other people down. He also has good traits in his character. But he also has a very evil side, which, if exposed, can really do a lot of harm and bad things. to the people around him.
Kyrgios, who had already made headlines at Wimbledon for both his outbursts and audacious throws, scoffed at his opponents’ comments, calling them “soft”.
He previously said that he had a lot of respect for the Greek when he was interviewed on the court immediately after the match.
“I do not know what to say. I don’t know how I mocked him. It was he who hit me with balls, it was he who hit the spectator, it was he who knocked him out of the stadium,” Kyrgios told reporters after reaching the 1/8 finals.
“I didn’t do anything disrespectful to Stefanos today. I didn’t drill it with balls. To come here and say that I bullied him, that’s just mild. We are not cut from the same fabric. real competitors.
“I have a lot of friends in the dressing room, just so you know. In fact, I’m one of my favorites.
Tsitsipas later apologized for throwing the ball into the crowd and admitted to trying to hit Kyrgios with a body shot.
“I’m not used to playing like that,” he said. “But I can’t just sit there and act like a robot and act like someone completely cold and clueless.
“Because you’re doing your job there and there’s noise coming from the other side of the court for no absolute reason.
“Every point I play today, I feel like something is happening on the other side of the net.
“This is his way of manipulating the opponent and getting you distracted in a way. No other player does this. I really hope that all of our players can come up with something and make it a cleaner version of our sport. such behavior is not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated.”
Kyrgios, who will play American Brandon Nakashima in the next round, said Tsitsipas should be more concerned about finding a way to beat him.
“I would be very upset if I lost to someone for two weeks in a row. Maybe he should first figure out how to beat me a couple more times, ”added the Australian.