Tennis star Nick Kyrgios settles legal case with Wimbledon spectator
The spectator accused by Nick Kyrgios of having “around 700 drinks” at this year’s Wimbledon final has settled a legal case with the Australian.
Kyrgios had complained to the referee about Anna Palus’ behavior during her four-set loss to Novak Djokovic on center court.
After receiving a code violation for swearing, after a spectator called before his second serve, Kyrgios pleaded with umpire Renaud Lichtenstein to eject the woman “who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks. “
Palus was briefly removed from court and later explained that she only had two drinks.
In a statement released via Knight Temple Law, which represented Palus, Kyrgios apologized for his comments, adding that he had made a large donation to charity as he sought to “make amends”.
Kyrgios said: “On July 10, 2022, during the Wimbledon men’s final, I told the referee that a fan, who I now know to be Anna Palus, was distracting me during the match, believing she was drunk.
“I accept that this belief is wrong and apologise. To make amends I have donated £20,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charity chosen by Ms Palus. I will no longer comment on this affair. “
Kyrgios’ surprise run to his first Grand Slam final was littered with controversy, with clashes with referees, linesmen, the media as well as spectators.
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