Nick Kyrgios has brought tennis to lowest level: Pat Cash accuses Australia star of cheating, gamesmanship at Wimbledon
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash said fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios was guilty of “cheating” and “gamesmanship” in his ill-tempered third-round win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Nick Kyrgios has brought tennis to lowest level, says Pat Cash (Reuters Photo)
- Pat Cash said Nick Kyrgios was guilty of “cheating” and “gamesmanship
- Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been fined for their conduct during the third-round match
- Nick Kyrgios has brought tennis to lowest level, says Pat Cash
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has launched a blistering attack on Nick Kyrgios, accusing his fellow Australian of cheating, abuse and dragging tennis down to new depths.
Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been fined for their conduct during the third-round match at Wimbledon. While Kyrgios has been fined USD 4,000 for an audible obscenity, Tsitsipas was slapped with USD 10,000 for hitting the ball close to a spectator’s head, according to the AFP news agency.
Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, told BBC Radio on Sunday that the match was “absolute mayhem”.
“He’s brought tennis to the lowest level I can see as far as gamesmanship, cheating, manipulation, abuse, aggressive behaviour to umpires, to linesmen,” he added.
“Something has got to be done about it. It’s just an absolute circus.
“It’s gone to the absolute limit now.”
Cash added that the chair umpire had “lost control” of the proceedings but “the gamesmanship, the abuse” Kyrgios was displaying was tantamount to “cheating”.
“Tsitsipas would make a line call and he’d go up there and start complaining, he’d be in his face – that’s part of gamesmanship, that’s the sort of stuff he does and I think there’s a limit.”
A $4,000 fine for Saturday’s abuse was added to Kyrgios’s tally while organisers also fined Tsitsipas $10,000 for slamming the tennis ball in anger.
Kyrgios will take on unseeded American Brandon Nakashima on Centre Court later on Monday bidding to reach his first Grand Slam singles quarter-final since 2015, and Cash was worried about what he would do next.
“Let’s hope he doesn’t drop tennis there to a lower level than he did on Saturday,” Cash said.