Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios issued fine for spitting towards fan in his first-round win over Paul Jubb
Nick Kyrgios has learned his punishment for spitting towards a spectator after his first-round Wimbledon win over Paul Jubb on Tuesday. The 27-year-old has been handed a $10,000 fine, the largest penalty of any player so far at SW19 this year. Kyrgios advanced to the third round after beating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets to set up a tough test with fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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He accused the fan of trying to “stir up disrespect” but went on to say "that's fine, but if I give it back to you, that's just how it is."
After the incident was confirmed to be under investigation, Kyrgios seemed unapologetic and insisted he was “one of the most important people in the sport.”
“I couldn't care less if there is an investigation about me doing that, to be brutally honest with you.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) complains during his Gentlemen's Singles 1st Round match against Paul Jubb (GBR) during day two of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2022 in London, Engla
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“I know what I bring to the sport. One of the most important people in the sport. Do you want to speak about that? Nothing to investigate there because it's just factual.”
The world No. 40 is one of 14 players handed fines at Wimbledon so far this year, but has received the harshest penalty for his on-court behaviour.
Alexander Ritschard - who was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round - came closest to matching Kyrgios' punishment with a $5,000 (£4,100) fine, also for unsportsmanlike conduct.
It's not the first time Kyrgios has been hit with fines for similar behaviour. He accumulated $35,000 (around £26,500) worth of fines in April for four charges at the Miami Open, just weeks after being penalised at Indian Wells, and fined $25,000 (£19,000).
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