Nick Kyrgios has been criticised for a "spectacular display of complete ignorance" during his incident-filled first-round win at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
The Australian advanced to the next stage at SW19 after beating Britain's Paul Jubb 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5. However, the match wasn't without controversy as Kyrgios spat in the direction of spectators he said were racially abusing him, smashed a ball out of the court and called one line judge "a snitch."
His latest on-court outburst drew the ire of talkSPORT presenter Laura Woods, who suggested Kyrgios "crossed the line" at SW19. That's after the 27-year-old showed no remorse for his actions in the post-match press conference and appeared unapologetic over the spitting incident.
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“He kind of paints himself as a pantomime bad guy, doesn't he," said Woods on Wednesday morning. "And I’m sure he plays up to it, he knows exactly how to whip up a frenzy of media, which he did yesterday. So there's an absolute storm of media around him.
“The parts for me that do go too far – I don’t mind players being vocal as much, and in the past I’ve actually enjoyed Kyrgios – but when I watched this I felt uncomfortable. Especially for me it was the comments towards the line judge, saying ‘you’ve got no fans, absolutely no-one's here to hear her speak.’
“She is there to do a job, she’s not there to have a fanbase like you [Kyrgios] seem to think you do. But she is there to do a job. For me, it was a spectacular display of complete ignorance and I didn’t enjoy it."
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Broadcaster Woods said she also didn't appreciate the way in which Kyrgios addressed the umpire during his comeback win over Jubb. Kyrgios has developed a reputation for falling out with officials, which some suspect may have held the player back from fulfilling his potential.
“Listen, you are a sportsperson, you are in the public eye, you're going to create headlines, you're to attract praise and criticism," continued Woods. “If someone is booing you, fair enough. Walking off the court and spitting towards them? For me, that goes far beyond."
An investigation has been opened into the spitting incident as organisers decide whether to fine Kyrgios, who is set to face Filip Krajinovic in the next round. The former hopes to reach Wimbledon's third round for the second straight year, having ventured to the quarter-finals in his 2014 debut.
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