Giorgos Kyrgios, the father of Nick Kyrgios, criticized Wimbledon officials for their “double standards” following a sour third-round match between his son and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who later smacked a ball into the spectators out of fury.
The four-set encounter was thrilling in every way, and Kyrgios, Giorgos, and many tennis analysts thought Tsitsipas ought to have been disqualified for slamming a ball into the spectators. Kyrgios ultimately prevailed.
While Kyrgios received a $4000 (USD) fine for a “audible obscenity,” Tsitsipas received a $10,000 (USD) fine for “unsportsmanlike behaviour,” to which he tweeted a laughing face emoji in response.
Giorgos claimed that his son “would have been defaulted” and eliminated from the game if he had hit the ball into the crowd like Tsitsipas did.
‘You’ve got to draw the line for everybody. I hate to see it for anyone. I feel sorry for all of them—the pressure is so much,’ he told BBC Tennis podcast when asked whether there were double standards.
He continued by stating that his kid is developing admirably as the tournament goes and that the four-set match was “fantastic, unbelievable and good for tennis.”
‘At times, he plays as the best player on any surface, but it’s a learning process, right? Just got to keep ticking the right boxes and you get in the right places,’ said Giorgos.
‘It was a matter of time for him to settle, the nerves and stuff playing against a tough opponent like Stefanos is.. and while he was getting frustrated, he should have broken him a couple of times.’
At one point in the match, Kyrgios opted not to participate because he wanted Tsitsipas to be disqualified for the risky behavior.
‘Is that a default or what? He just hit the ball at the f***ing crowd. Are you dumb?’ Kyrgios could be heard directing at chair umpire Damien Dumusois.
‘So you can hit a ball at the crowd, hit someone and not get defaulted? Give me all the supervisors. I’m not playing until we get to the bottom of it.’