Nick Kyrgios has unleashed on ‘disrespectful’ fans at Wimbledon in a fiery interview where he spent most of it shovelling down sushi.
The Aussie tennis bad boy was victorious over Britain’s Paul Jubb, winning 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5 in the first round on Wednesday.
But it didn’t take long for the 27-year-old to return to his old antics, calling a lineswoman a ‘snitch’, spitting in a spectator’s direction and smashing a ball into the crowd.
The tension continued in his post-match interview, where he was bizarrely seen tucking into a box of sushi between answering questions.
Nick Kyrgios has unleashed on ‘disrespectful’ fans at Wimbledon in a fiery interview where he spent most of it shovelling down sushi
The tennis bad boy won the first round in Wimbledon on Wednesday morning but the match was filled with controversy after he spat towards a spectator and lashed out at umpires
‘A lot of disrespect was being thrown today from the crowds,’ he said having called for some fans to be removed as early as the first set.
‘I’m just starting to think that it’s normal when it’s really not.
‘I didn’t say anything to the crowd until they started just every time I came down to the far end, people just going. It’s just I don’t know if it’s normal or not.
‘Just pure disrespect, just anything. Someone just yelled out I was s**t in the crowd today. Is that normal? No. I just don’t understand why it’s happening over and over again.
‘Have you ever gone to a supermarket and just started berating someone scanning the groceries? No. So why do they do it when I’m at Wimbledon? Why is that?’.
Nick Kyrgios has admitted to spitting in the direction of an abusive spectator at Wimbledon
His meal mid-conference angered many tennis fans who accused him of being disrespectful.
‘You are disrespectful for eating whilst being interviewed; you need to get some respect,’ one tweeted.
‘Nick Kyrgios saying he doesn’t want people to disrespect him whilst spitting at people, calling line judges ‘old man’ and then sitting through a press conference eating,’ wrote another.
‘Complaining about disrespect as he sits eating and speaking through his lunch in a press conference. I’d have thought at least on journo would have asked him to show some manners & a little respect for them!’
‘Nick Kyrgios complaining about fans ‘disrespecting’ him at Wimbledon having spat at one of them, all the while eating food and speaking with his mouth full. Chuck him out,’ one said.
Kyrgios added he was happy to play the villain and was later asked if his spitting towards a fan after match point was deliberate.
The fiery star insists the spectator was present just to ‘stir up and disrespect’ during his match
‘In the direction of one of the people disrespecting me, yes,’ he said.
‘I would not do that to someone who was supporting me.’
The tennis star was then questioned about why he’d taken aim at the line judges with a journalist saying Kyrgios was overhead remarking ‘you’re in your 90s, you can’t see the ball’.
The tennis star claimed he only said the umpires ‘are older’, and went into a rant about how younger people have better eyesight.
‘Factually, people that are younger have better eyesight. Do you not think that’s appropriate?’ he hit back.
‘When you’re playing at a sport for hundreds and thousands of dollars, do you not think that we should have people that are really ready to call the ball in or out?’
During his victory over Paul Jubb, Kyrgios was also embroiled in several heated outbursts
The reporter responded that younger people don’t ‘necessarily’ have better eyesight, which only fired up Kyrgios more.
‘What do you mean not necessarily? What does he mean? What do you mean not necessarily? That specific thing, I hit a ball in, the old man called it out, it was in,’ Kyrgios said.
‘So arguably if the guy was 40, he may not have called that out.’
In another explosive moment in the match Kyrgios appeared to call a female lines judge a ‘snitch’ with ‘no fans’.
‘I didn’t do anything and she went to the umpire and told her something that I didn’t say,’ he said in the post-match interview.
‘She found it relevant to go to run to the umpire at 30-love and make it about her.’
Earlier on in the match Kyrgios fired a ball into the stands, earning him a ball abuse warning.
Kyrgios is pictured with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi