Kyrgios defeated Tsitsipas in four sets — 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7) — in a controversial action-packed match at Court One, but the pair continued the feud in their post-match press conferences.
Frustrated by Kyrgios’ “constant bullying” from the other side of the net, Tsitsipas had tried to hit his opponent with a shot during the fiery encounter.
Vocalist the entire time, Kyrgios was warned against swearing by the umpire and was left furious when Tsitsipas was not disqualified for firing a ball into the crowd in frustration.
“Yes, it’s constant bullying, that’s what he does. He bullies opponents. He was probably a bully himself at school. I don’t like bullies,” Tsitsipas told reporters after the game.
“I don’t like people who put other people down. He also has some good qualities in his character. But he also has a very bad side about him, which if exposed it can really do a lot of damage and bad for the people around him.”
Kyrgios, who has already made headlines at Wimbledon for both his outbursts and daring shots, laughed off his opponents’ comments, calling them ‘soft’.
He had previously said he had tremendous respect for the Greek when he was interviewed on the track right after the game.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m not sure how I bullied him. He was the one who hit balls at me, he was the one who hit a spectator, he was the one who knocked him out of the stadium,” Kyrgios told reporters after he advanced to the round of 16.
“I didn’t do anything to Stefanos today that was disrespectful. I wasn’t hitting him with balls. To come in here and say I bullied him, that’s just gentle. We’re not cut from the same cloth. I take on guys who are real competitors.
“I have a lot of friends in the locker room just to let you know. I’m actually one of the most loved ones. I’m done. He’s not loved. Let’s put that there.”
Tsitsipas later apologized for shooting a ball into the crowd and admitted trying to hit Kyrgios with a body shot.
“I’m not used to playing this way,” he said. “But I can’t just sit there, act like a robot and act like someone who’s completely cold and ignorant.
“Because you’re doing your job there and there’s noise coming from the other side of the track for no reason at all.
“Every point I played today I feel like something was going on on the other side of the net.
“That’s his way of manipulating the opponent and making you feel distracted in a way. There’s no other player doing this. I really hope all our players can come up with something and make this a cleaner version of our sport .type of behavior not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated.”
Kyrgios, who will play American Brandon Nakashima in the next round, said Tsitsipas should be more concerned about finding a way to beat him.
“I would be quite upset if I lost to someone two weeks in a row. Maybe he should figure out how to beat me a few more times first,” the Australian added.