Tennis erupts over Kyrgios-Tsitsipas news

Pictured left to right are tennis rivals Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios set up a delicious third-round showdown at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

Tennis fans have taken to social media in droves after Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas orchestrated a blockbuster third-round showdown at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios found himself in the center of another storm after his first-round clash, but let his racquet do the talking in a brutal second-round performance against No. 28 seed Filip Krajinovic.

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The Aussie was slapped with a $10,000 ($14,500) fine for ugly behavior in his first-round match after spitting at a spectator, who he claims was disrespectful.

Following an investigation, tournament officials imposed the penalty after Kyrgios admitted he spat at a spectator and called a linesman a “snitch” during an explosive win over Britain’s Paul Jubb.

He’d never looked a more complete or focused player on the SW19 pitches than he did when batting Krajinovic – and was quick to let the critics know.

Kyrgios obviously felt this was a day when the sheer stunning brilliance of his tennis had pretty much muzzled his critics.

“I just wanted to prove to people that I’m really good. I sometimes feel like I just don’t have the respect,” said this most complex character, arriving at his press conference, clearly armed with outrage at the current headlines.

“There was just nothing the media could tell me that I did anything wrong today. All I know is that there’s no way you can ask me anything and upset me a little.

“And I love it because then you can’t write anything. what will you say nothing today

“It was just a reminder of sorts to put you all back in your places.

“He (Krajinovic) reached, seeded, the final at Queen’s, the top 30 in the world. It’s a gentle reminder…”

Calculating that he didn’t bother investigating into his behavior, he said: “I’m just comfortable in my own skin. Some people just love to tear me down It’s just not possible anymore.

Seen here Nick Kyrgios playing a shot against Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the second round at Wimbledon.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios delivered a masterclass against Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the second round at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

“I don’t give a damn if there’s an investigation, to be honest.

“I know what I bring to the sport. One of the most important people in sport.”

Fourth-seeded Tsitsipas had little trouble in his win over Kyrgios’ compatriot Jordan Thompson.

The Greek star defeated the Australian 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 before turning his attention to the blockbuster clash against Kyrgios.

“I feel like everyone here knows who Nick is,” Tsitsipas said.

“We’ve had a lot of great games against each other. I respect him for his game and the way he fights when he wants to.”

The third-round match has tennis fans licking their lips in anticipation.

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