Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was caught on camera spitting toward a spectator at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Kyrgios has always been a polarising character, with many finding entertainment in his combative personality and others merely finding him to be rude and obnoxious.
Whichever side of the fence you reside on, you can’t deny that it’s big news whenever he comes to town. The problem is, from his perspective, it’s not usually a positive thing.
In this case, Kyrgios turned and spat toward a supporter at Wimbledon who he believed was giving him grief during his battle with Britain’s Paul Jubb.
Swear Kyrgios spits at some bloke in the crowd who was cheering for Jubb. 😆 Mad’ead! #Wimbeldon2022 pic.twitter.com/gkQWHhv6BY
— Mark Conway (@MarkConway87) June 28, 2022
Pictures courtesy of the BBC
In wake of the incident, Kyrgios is quoted by the Guardian admitting that he did spit at the spectator and attempted to justify his quite disgusting behaviour.
“I don’t go into Argos and just start smashing someone at the counter when they’re doing their job. I’ve never done that in my life. I just think spectators think there’s just no line there anymore. They can just say something and they film it and then they laugh about it.”
“Someone just yelled out I was shit in the crowd today. Is that normal? No. But it’s happening over and over again. I think it’s a level of respect. Why do they feel that’s acceptable?”
Ultimately, there is no justification for this kind of behaviour, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s for that reason that he’s likely to land himself in hot water with Wimbledon official.