Nick Kyrgios APOLOGISES to lawyer he accused of 'distracting' him
Nick Kyrgios APOLOGISES to Polish lawyer he accused of ‘having 700 drinks and distracting’ him at Men’s Wimbledon Final: Tennis ace admits he was ‘mistaken’ and gives £20,000 to charity to ‘resolve’ defamation lawsuit
- Ania Palus, 32, was temporarily ejected from the Grand Slam final on July 10
- Ms Palus said she’d had one Pimms and one rosé, adding that the heat got to her
- The Australian was furious with a spectator who he claimed was putting him off
Nick Kyrgios has apologised to the Polish lawyer he accused of ‘distracting him by being drunk’ at the Wimbledon Men’s Final.
Ania Palus, 32, was temporarily ejected from the Wimbledon Grand Slam final in July after the tennis ace said that she’d had ‘700 drinks’.
The Australian, 27, has now admitted that he was ‘mistaken’ over his Centre Court claim.
He has donated £20,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity to ‘resolve’ the defamation lawsuit.
In a statement released by Knight Temple Law, Mr Kyrgios stated: ‘On 10 July 2022, during the Wimbledon Men’s Final, 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.
‘I accept that belief was mistaken, and I apologise. To make amends, I have donated £20,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charity chosen by Ms Palus.
‘I will not be commenting on this matter again.’
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) has apologised to the Polish lawyer he accused of ‘distracting him by being drunk’ at the Wimbledon Men’s Final
Ania Palus (above), 32, was temporarily ejected from the Wimbledon Grand Slam final in July after the tennis ace said that she’d had ‘700 drinks’
The Australian, 27, has now admitted that he was ‘mistaken’ over his Centre Court claim
After the final, Ms Palus said that she was trying to support Kyrgios, who ‘always says the crowd is against him’.
‘I wanted to show we were for him, I wanted to encourage him,’ she said at the time.
She added she supported the sportsman because she had herself suffered from depression, like him, and sympathised.
‘I wanted to give him support. Maybe I took it too far… but I only had good intentions,’ she said.
Ms Palus said that she drank a Pimms and a rosé, after the tennis player called her ‘drunk out of her mind’.
‘It’s the temperature for me, I had no hat,’ she said. ‘I’m really sorry.’
She was given water and allowed back into the match after about 15 minutes in order to watch the rest of the final.
Kyrgios’ outburst came in the third set, as he pointed Ms Palus out in the crowd and claimed that she was putting him off.
‘She’s distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,’ he fumed at the umpire about the spectator. ‘There’s no other bigger occasion, you didn’t believe me and then she did it again. It nearly cost me the game.
‘Why is she still here? She’s drunk out of her mind and speaking to me in the middle of a game. What’s acceptable?’
Kyrgios demanded a fan was kicked out of the Wimbledon final as she ‘looks like she’s had about 700 drinks’
The Australian raged at the umpire as he claimed that he was being distracted by the spectator
After the umpire replied ‘nothing is acceptable’, Kyrgios said: ‘Ok kick her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress, who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro.’
After the match, said: ‘I don’t need someone absolutely smashed talking to me point in, point out.’
Kyrgios’ first ever Grand Slam final was never going to pass by without an infamous outburst from the Australian.
After taking the first set against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon showpiece, Kyrgios dropped the second set and then let his anger get the better of him in the third.
Twenty minutes before his outburst about Ms Palus, Kyrgios launched into a furious argument with his team in his box after dropping the second set.
Kyrgios was seen drinking a from what appears to be a beer bottle after leaving the Wimbledon final, having lost to Novak Djokovic
After the match, Kyrgios said: ‘I don’t need someone absolutely smashed talking to me point in, point out.’ Pictured with what appears to be a beer bottle after the final
Kyrgios shows the fans his runners up plate after losing to Djokovic in the final
The Australian was broken early in the set to allow Djokovic to get into a position where he could serve for the set at 5-3 up.
But Kyrgios raced into a 0-40 lead in his opponent’s service game, earning him three break points.
However he failed to make any of them count and also could not convert a break point at deuce as Djokovic fought back to take the game and the second set.
Kyrgios was seen shaking his head as he made his way to his chair for the break and in true and then began attacking his team.
Kyrgios also launched into a furious argument with his team in his box after losing the second set
After winning the first set against Novak Djokovic, Kyrgios dropped both the second and third
Kyrgios’ girlfriend Costeen Hatzi – who he calls his ‘biggest blessing’ – was seen desperately trying to calm him down as he raged from the court
‘Why don’t you say something?’ he yelled. ‘Why? You said nothing that whole point, 40-love down, nothing.’
His girlfriend Costeen Hatzi — who Kyrgios calls his ‘biggest blessing’ — was seen desperately trying to calm him down as he raged from the court.
Kyrgios has gained a reputation in the tennis world for his angry outbursts, with his third round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas this year proving particularly fiery.
The Australian has actually appeared slightly calmer though as he has progressed through the tournament and reached his first ever Grand Slam final, but it appears that the pressure involved on Centre Court has seen him crack.
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