NICK KYRGIOS admitted spitting at a fan who ‘didn’t respect’ him in a stormy Wimbledon win.
The Aussie hothead was tested to the limit by Britain’s Paul Jubb in a testy five-setter.
Kyrgios played the winning goal and then gulped spit at the part of the crowd in number 3 from whom he claimed offensive comments came.
When asked if the action was intentional, the 2014 quarterfinalist said: “From one of the people who don’t respect me, yes.
“I wouldn’t do that to anyone who supports me.”
Kyrgios, 27, also vented his anger at linesmen, hitting a ball off the field as he struggled for form against York-born Jubb, 22.
He added: “There was a lot of disrespect thrown out of the crowd.
“I’m just starting to think it’s normal when it really isn’t.
“I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started every time I came down the other end.
“Someone shouted that I wasn’t in the crowd. I don’t understand why this keeps happening.
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“Because there’s a fence there — and I can’t physically do or say anything or I’d get in trouble — they feel like they can say whatever they want.”
Kyrgios said he complained to the referee about the fans’ behavior.
SW19 chiefs will await their report but it’s likely Kyrgios will be fined around £16,500 for the spitting.
The unseeded ace also filed an official racial abuse complaint at the Stuttgart Open earlier this month.
He said: “I’m fine with getting a lot of it. But as soon as I give it back, for example in Stuttgart, I get a game penalty.
“Today, as soon as I won the match, I turned to him. I’ve dealt with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owe this person anything.”
Kyrgios believes this is part of a broader social issue.
He added: “Viewers generally think there’s no line there anymore.
“You can just say something, film it and laugh about it. It’s like that might actually hurt someone’s feelings.
“There’s a whole generation of people on social media who feel they have the right to comment negatively on every single thing.
“Some things I do are disgusting.
“For example, my brother has alopecia and they joke that he’s a cancer patient.”
Kyrgios denied that the linesmen are “90 and can’t see the ball”.
He added, “I said ‘most referees are older’ and I don’t think that’s ideal in a sport with such small margins.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5660509/nick-kyrgios-spit-wimbledon-news/ Nick Kyrgios reveals he spat at Wimbledon fan who ‘disrespected’ him during stormy win over Paul Jubb