Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon 2022

Nick Kyrgios calls for Stefanos Tsitsipas default after Djokovic-esque ball abuse

Nick Kyrgios was adamant that Stefanos Tsitsipas should have been defaulted as he belted a ball into the Wimbledon crowd, coming within inches of contacting a fan.ย 

Images of the controversial default that saw Novak Djokovic exit the 2020 US Open sprung to mind as Kyrgios pleaded with the chair umpire to disqualify his opponent.

The moment came as Kyrgios levelled the match at one set all, Tsitsipas, clearly in frustration, launching a ball flat towards the front row on Court No. 1.

The Aussie immediately went to the umpire calling “Default! Default! Default!

Tsitsipas did receive a code violation warning for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the chair umpire and supervisor refused to budge on the point of disqualification.

“You’re a disgrace!” Kyrgios responded as his request was not met.

After Kyrgios hit an under am serve at 3-1, 40-0, Tsitsipas reached the ball before a second bounce but blasted it hard towards the scoreboard at the end of the court instead of a attempting a return in the court.

He received a second code violation and a point penalty for the action.

As the match progressed, Kyrgios took a step back and stopped calling for the umpire and tournament referees to intervene.

Instead, he simply allowed Tsitsipas to become more and more frustrated, looking to gain an edge in the contest as the Greek’s focused evaporated.

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