Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas clash again as angry feud worsens

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The verbal feud between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas has ignited again after the Australian goaded his rival about the “lesson” he gave him in Wimbledon in 2022. The pair had a volatile third round clash at SW19, with the Canberra man prevailing in four sets, eventually going on to reach the final where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

But all the talk afterwards was about the pair’s antics, which saw both of them slapped with fines. Tsitsipas was fined £8,200, while Kyrgios was hit with a £3,300 bill, after he demanded the Greek player be defaulted for hitting the ball into the crowd and also asked for a “new referee.”

But afterwards, Kyrgios played down any talk of a rift, telling the media: “He was getting frustrated at times and it’s a frustrating sport thats for sure. You all think you can play but it’s very frustrating so I’ve got ultimate respect for him. Whatever happens on the court, I love him. I’m quite close to his brother so I don’t care.”

The brotherly love seems to have dispersed now though, with Kyrgios, currently sidelined with a knee injury, taking aim at the Australian Open finalist on social media. But that only came after Tsitsipas accused the world No 20 of ‘breaking’ their relationship.

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The exchange comes off the back of abother controversial chapter in the career of Kyrgios. He appeared in a Canberra court this week and admitted to assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

However, the 27-year-old avoided a criminal conviction and has since released a statement: “I respect today’s ruling and I’m grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction,” he wrote. “I was not in a good place when this happened and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way I deeply regret. I know it wasn’t OK and I’m sincerely sorry for the hurt I caused.”

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