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Kyrgios admits he spat on a fan at Wimbledon

Australian player Nick Kyrgios said he still loved the SW19 tournament but railed at “a whole generation of people” who felt they had the right to comment.

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Kyrgios admits he spat on a fan at Wimbledon
TOBY MELVILLEREUTERS

Nick Kyrgios, who settled his Wimbledon debut in five sets on Tuesday, admitted that he spat at a fan who insulted him during his match against Britain’s Paul Jubbs. The Australian, who argued during the match with the chair umpire and a lineswoman, recognized that he also had problems with the public, that they were insulting him, and that his response was to spit on them.

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“I’m just starting to think that it’s normal when it’s really not. I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started just every time I came down to the far end, people just going,” the Australian said.

“Of one of the people disrespecting me, yes. I would not be doing that to someone who was supporting me. As soon as I won the match, I turned to him... 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 just not even support anyone really. It was more just to stir up and disrespect. There’s a fence there and I physically can’t do anything or say anything because I will get in trouble, so they just feel that they can just say anything they want,” he added.

Kyrgios was also unhappy with a line judge about a call on a point in the opening set, adamant that the wrong call was made.

“I said most of the umpires are older and I just don’t think that’s ideal when you’re playing a sport of such small margins. Factually people that are younger have better eyesight,” he said.

“When you’re playing at a sport for hundreds and thousands of dollars, do you not think that we should have people that are really ready to call the ball in or out?”

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