Australia’s Nick Kyrgios defeated Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday after lashing out at the umpire and demanding for Tsitspas to be disqualified for hitting a ball into the crowd.
“Why don’t you just get a new umpire,” he said.
“The amount of s**t this tournament is going to get after the game in the press conference is unreal,” he continued during his outburst.
Despite the drama that unfolded on the court, Kyrgios sealed a 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8) win, securing a spot in the fourth round of the tournament.
Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is well known for his tennis skills, but also for the art of losing one’s cool. The 27-year-old, who once spit in the direction of a “disrespectful” fan and was fined $10,000 for it, walks with his hothead held high, certain that “it is just not possible” to “tear” him down.
Kyrgios was born on April 27, 1995, in Canberra to George and Norlaila Kyrgios. He attended the city’s Radford College and Daramalan College.
Before starting his tennis journey at the age of 14, Kyrgios played basketball. At 16, he received a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he began his tennis training.
In his junior career, he won the boys’ singles event at the 2013 Australian Open. He was also the winner of the boys’ doubles events at the 2012 Wimbledon, the 2012 French Open, and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
On 24 October 2016, he was ranked No. 13 in the world in the ATP singles. On the other hand, in doubles, he had a world ranking of No. 29 in 2022 after he won a Major doubles title at the 2022 Australian Open.
Kyrgios is one of the only three players, after Dominik Hrbatý and Lleyton Hewitt, to have defeated the holy trinity of tennis- Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.