She probably didn’t have “700 drinks.”
Tennis fan and Polish lawyer Ania Palus is suing Nick Kyrgios for defamation after making the tennis star’s claims Outbreak in Wimbledon final caused her “considerable damage”. During the third set of Kyrgios’ loss to Novak Djokovic, the Australian claimed Palus distracted him during his serve.
“Why is she still here?” Kyrgios complained to the referee. “She is completely drunk and talks to me in the middle of the game. What is acceptable? OK, throw her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress that looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro.”
Palus was escorted out of the stadium, but was allowed to return 15 minutes later after drinking some water. She later said she only had a Pimms and a glass of rose.
“I wanted to support him. Maybe I took it too far … but I only had good intentions,” she said. “For me it’s the temperature, I didn’t have a hat. I’m really sorry.”
However, Palus now hopes to feel sorry for Kyrgios.
“It was an event that we have been looking forward to for some time,” said Palus, who was present with her mother at the tennis grand slam.
“During the final, Nick Kyrgios made a reckless and totally unfounded accusation against me.
“Not only did this cause significant damage on the day, resulting in my being temporarily removed from the arena, but Mr Kyrgios’ false accusation was sent to and read by millions of people around the world, which me and caused my family very significant harm and suffering. I am not argumentative, but after much deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that I have no choice but to direct my attorneys, Brett Wilson LLP, to institute libel proceedings against Mr. Kyrgios in order to clear my name.
“The need to obtain justification and to prevent a repeat of the allegation are the only grounds for legal action. Any damage will be donated to charity. Given the standing claim, I cannot comment further on the events of that day. I hope Mr Kyrgios will reflect on the damage he has caused me and my family and offer a prompt solution to this matter. However, if he is unwilling to do so, I am anxious to seek justification in the High Court.”
Palus’ lawsuit isn’t the only legal issue Kyrgios is grappling with. Kyrgios faces charges of assault in Australia over allegations by ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari. Kyrgios’ lawyer pushed for a three-month adjournment of the case but was rejected by a judge at a hearing on Monday. Kyrgios is now expected in an Australian court on October 4 over the matter.