Nick Kyrgios Fined $10,000 For Spitting Towards Fan At Wimbledon (VIDEO)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Nick Kyrgios in his doubles match with Thanasi Kokkinakis, against Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar in the 2022 Australian Open at M

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Nick Kyrgios’ pockets just got a little lighter.

On Thursday, the All England Club announced it has fined the Australian firebrand $10,000 for an incident during his first-round over Paul Jubb win at Wimbledon. Kyrgios admitted at his post-match press conference that he spit in the direction of a spectator who was heckling him during the match.

The $10,000 fine is the largest handed out so far at the tournament.

“Today, as soon as I won the match, I turned to him … I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” the27-year-old Kyrgios said while adding that he also asked for the fan to be removed during the match. “He literally came to the match to literally just, like, not even support anyone really. It was more just to stir up and disrespect. That’s fine. But if I give it back to you, then that’s just how it is.

“I love this tournament; it’s got nothing to do with Wimbledon. I just think it’s a whole generation of people on social media feeling like they have a right to comment on every single thing with negativity. It just carries on to real life. “Because there’s a fence there — and I physically can’t do anything or say anything because I’ll get in trouble — they just feel the need that they’re just able to say anything they want.”

Up next for Kyrgios on the court is a blockbuster third-round showdown against No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday, July 2.

As for other punishment through the opening rounds of the tournament, Alexander Ritschard was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, while seven other men were fined $3,000 each for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or audible obscenity. On the women’s side, five players have been fined with Daria Saville receiving the heftiest fine of $4,000 for racket or equipment abuse.

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