Nick Kyrgios’s clash with world no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas WON’T be played on center court in Wimbledon snub – as Aussie star slams organizers for underarm serve ‘double standards’
- The Aussie star tweeted about Bublik’s six underarm serves in one game
- Nick Kyrgios felt if he applied the same tactic he would be accused of tanking
- The bold move didn’t pay off for the Kazakhstan tennis star, who lost in four sets
- It comes as fed-up officials continue their center court lockout with Kyrgios to play Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on court one from 1.15am (AEST)
Nick Kyrgios has once again become a talking point on social media, moaning about double standards at Wimbledon.
The polarizing Aussie tennis star is set to take on Greek No.4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas tonight [AEST] in a mouth-watering round three clash.
However, Wimbledon officials, sick of his theatrics and abuse of officials, have relegated the match to court one.
His latest comments wouldn’t have helped.
Nick Kyrgios has once again become a talking point on social media, whining about double standards at Wimbledon
Taking to Twitter, Kyrgios weighed into the chat surrounding Kazakhstan tennis star Alexander Bublik producing six underarm serves in one game during his third round match against American Frances Tiafoe.
‘I love it, it’s different. But if it was me, I would be accused of tanking and get fined a minimum of 15 thousand pounds,’ Kyrgios, 27, tweeted accompanied by a laughing emoji.
He had his supporters on Twitter, with one fan stating ‘Unconfident people hate confidence and you have it in abundance.’
Another agreed with the divisive tennis star, adamant if Kyrgios adopted the same approach as Bublik chaos would follow.
Taking to Twitter, he weighed into the chat surrounding Kazakhstan tennis star Alexander Bublik (pictured) producing six underarm serves in one game
‘If it was you [doing the underarm serve] there would be a war…Your character is misunderstood, you bring entertainment to the table.
‘Yes at times you don’t do yourself any favors – but rather have you in the sport than not.’
In his tweet, Kyrgios was referencing his fine of close to $15,000 issued by tournament officials at the All England Club on Friday after he spat in the direction of ‘fans’ following his five set win against local hope Paul Jubb earlier this week.
Bublik’s bizarre tactic didn’t pay off, with Tiafoe winning in four sets.
Underarm serves have become the norm for Kyrgios in recent years, with the ploy dividing tennis fans.
During his first round victory over Paul Jubb, Kyrgios was also embroiled in several heated outbursts – and after spitting in the direction of a fan, was later fined almost $15,000 by tournament officials
Kyrgios has demanded the limelight in the opening five days of Wimbledon, spitting at a fan [which cost him a record fine]his trademark tirades against umpires and lines people and admitting he intentionally tanked when his basketball team lost.
However he has been denied the spotlight of Center Court against Tsitsipas despite the match sure to be a sell-out and a ratings winner.
On Saturday morning it emerged the highly anticipated match won’t be played on the venue’s famous Center Court.
The Times’ tennis writer Stuart Fraser wrote on Twitter: ‘Disbelief here at the schedule (for Saturday). Wonder if the previous behavior of Kyrgios had an impact on this particular choice.’
Play in the Kyrgios versus Tsitsipas clash is scheduled to begin no earlier than 1.15am [AEST].