Nick Kyrgios told he got away with swearing towards umpire because he’s a man

Nick Kyrgios has been told he got away with swearing at the umpire during his third round Wimbledon win over Stefanos Tsitsipas because he's a man.

The controversial Australian became heated with the umpire in the first set after a line judge incorrectly called out at a crucial point, earning himself a code violation. But 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova believes he should've been defaulted, aka disqualified – and would've been if he was a woman.

Speaking on BBC, she said: "I don't understand, if that's the rule, which it is, there are so many referees, so many supervisors and nothing happens. I'm pretty sure if a woman said this…

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"The guys get away with it a lot more than the women, that's for sure. If you remember what happened with Serena Williams at the US Open a few years ago, if that had been a man maybe the rules would have been different or they are just ignored more. They give the guys too much leeway I think."

Williams was docked a game for calling an umpire a "liar" and a "thief" during the 2018 US Open final, which she argued was sexist, and was later fined $17,000 (£13,100).

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Kyrgios was fuming with the officials and called for a change in an outburst at the umpire. He said: "Just get a new line judge. Bro you're supposed to make the right call, you don't get credit for making the right call.

"He just said sorry, and it's all good right? At 5-5 in the f***ing first set in Wimbledon third round Court One. He said sorry, and it's just all good. Get a new ref, then.

"Why don't you just get a new ref? Why don't you get a new one? Why? He's got one line to call bro. Every match, every single match there's a mistake and we just have to deal with it. Why did he hesitate? It's annoying. At 5-5, 40-30, that's when the mistake comes.”

Kyrgios bounced back from losing the first set to win 3-1, with Tsitsipas also losing his cool and hitting balls into the crowd and at his opponent in one of Wimbledon's most heated clashes ever.


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