Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas were both penalized after their fiery third place match at Wimbledon on Saturday.
World No 5 Tsitsipas was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct – the tournament’s highest overall fine to date.
After the match, he apologized for hitting a ball into the stands, an act that is considered a separate offense in the Grand Slam rulebook.
Kyrgios, who won the match in four sets and faced Brandon Nakashima of the United States in the fourth round on Monday, was fined $4,000 for audible pornography.
That means the Australian, who has been fined US$14,000 so far at this tournament, has been sanctioned for spitting towards a spectator he said disrespected him during the match. in the first round against Paul Jubb of England.
After Saturday’s heated contest, Tsitsipas and Kyrgios continued to fight on the field – the Greek number 4 seed called his opponent “the devil” and “a bully”, while Kyrgios said Tsitsipas “nothing”. like” in the dressing room.
“I did nothing to Stefanos today that was disrespectful,” he added. “I have no tolerance for him with balls. To come in here and say that I bullied him, that’s kind of an understatement.”
Kyrgios has been controversial for his behavior on the court throughout his career, but at this year’s Wimbledon he also played some of his best tennis – notably when he edged Filip Krajinovic by just an hour and 25 minutes in the second round.
The 27-year-old has reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam on two previous occasions – a record he was able to equalize by beating Nakashima when the two met on Center Court.