Wimbledon 2022: Kyrgios wins, tells Wimbledon critics ‘It’s for you’
Nick Kyrgios in action at Wimbledon 2022©AFP
Nick Kyrgios prevailed in a fiery five-setter at Wimbledon on Tuesday and told the raucous critics in the crowd: “This one’s for you – you know who you are.” The Australian beat British joker Paul Jubb 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5 on the back of 30 aces and 67 winners. Kyrgios was unhappy with some fans on a crowded and noisy Court Three and demanded they be removed from the stadium in the first set. “There were a few people who weren’t shy about criticizing me – this one’s for you,” said the 27-year-old, ranked 40th in the world. “You know who you are.”
Kyrgios, who stunned Rafael Nadal on his way to the quarter-finals at the All England Club in 2014, arrived at the tournament after semi-finals at grass-court events in Stuttgart and Halle.
However, he was out of form in the first set.
In addition to his displeasure with part of the crowd, he also called a linesman “a snitch with no fans”.
“The crowd was pretty rowdy,” Kyrgios said. “He was a homegrown joker with nothing to lose. But it was a lot of fun.”
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