WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nick Kyrgios said he will not apologize to Rafael Nadal for attempting to hit the Spanish champion with a ball during their heated Wimbledon match Thursday.
- Kyrgios said, “the dude has got how many Slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest. “
- The Australian tennis player also accused the umpire of being on “a little bit of a power trip” and called the official a “disgrace.”
Australian professional tennis player Nick Kyrgios said he isn’t sorry that he tried to hit Rafael Nadal with a ball during their heated Wimbledon match Thursday.
The tennis bad boy aimed the ball at Nadal’s chest during the third set. The 18-time Grand Slam champion barely dodged the ball with a deflection. It’s a common practice in a tennis match to apologize to an opponent when they are hit or nearly hit with the ball.
Kyrgios who lost to the Spanish champion, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3), addressed the play after the match. The Australian didn’t hold back on his feelings for Nadal. He even admitted he really wanted to hit his opponent “square in the chest.”
“Why would I apologize?” Kyrgios said. “I mean, the dude has got how many Slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro. I’m not going to apologize to him at all.”
‘I wanted to hit Nadal square in the chest’
Nick Kyrgios is being Nick Kyrgios after his defeat to Rafa Nadal 😯
(Put your 🔊ON for this one) pic.twitter.com/QgsS95VfcA
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) July 5, 2019
Nadal had the last laugh when he won and had some words of his own for Kyrgios.
“I don’t say Nick does this stuff to bother the opponent, but [it] is true that sometimes he’s dangerous,” the world’s No. 2 said. “When he hit the ball like this, [it] is dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for a crowd. I know he’s a big, talented player, but I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere.”
After the match, Kyrgios said that the chair umpire was a “disgrace.”
“I’m serving, I’m like starting my routine. Rafa said, ‘Stop.’ The rule is like, ‘Play to the speed of the server,'” Kyrgios said. “Why do I have to wait for him to get into his rhythm every time? I got angry at the ref.”
Kyrgios, currently the second highest-ranked Australian in the ATP rankings, also accused the umpire of being on “a little bit of a power trip.”
“He was just terrible,” Kyrgios said. “I thought the way he handled the match was just bad.”
Nadal advances to the third round after the win. He is set to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday.
Source: CBS Sports