Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon 2022

Nick Kyrgios admits he was ‘mistaken’ in altercation with Wimbledon spectator

Nick Kyrgios has settled his legal dispute with a fan at Wimbledon after he admitted he was ‘mistaken’ when he said she was drunk.

The incident came in the final at Wimbledon, when Kyrgios asked to speak to the umpire and then brought his attention to a fan that he said was distracting him.

He asked for her to be removed, telling the umpire: “The one with the dress, the one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks, bro!”

The fan, Anna Palus was removed, although allowed to retake her seat later, and said the Australian had made “a reckless and entirely baseless allegation” that she would challenge in court, adding any damages she won would be donated to charity.

That process now seems to have come to an end, with Kyrgios accepting responsibly for the incident and issuing a public apology.

“I told the umpire that a fan, who I now know to be Anna Palus, was distracting me during the match, believing that she was drunk,” Nick Kyrgios said in the statement.

“I accept that belief was mistaken, and I apologise.

“To make amends, I have donated 20,000 pounds to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charity chosen by Ms Palus. I will not be commenting on this matter again.”

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