Tsitsipas aims ball at Kyrgios – and gets away with hitting ball into crowd

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Stefanos Tsitsipas appeared to purposefully aim towards Nick Kyrgios as their Wimbledon third-round battle became heated.

The Greek, who was clearly frustrated with Kyrgios' antics, aimed a couple of shots straight at the Australian, who was constantly talking to the umpire at the change of ends.

Tsitsipas also got away with hitting the ball into the crowd on two occasions, though did receive a point penalty the second time. Kyrgios had argued that the No.4 seed should have been defaulted.

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Kyrgios himself had been given a code violation for an obscenity, but came from behind in the match to lead 2-1 in sets.

Though it was Tsitsipas who was handed a point deduction having smashed the ball towards the crowd for a second time.

His first narrowly avoided spectators while his second hit bounced straight back off the scoreboard on Court One.

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Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash said: "Stefanos Tsitsipas lost it for a second there and if he had hit that hard he would've had a default. For him to have had a point penalty and Nick Kyrgios not had one is absolutely ridiculous."

Tsitsipas grew frustrated as Kyrgios utilised his underarm serve on occasions, much to the delight of the Wimbledon crowd.

Striking the ball at an opponent is not against the rules of tennis, though it is not seen to be in the spirit of the game.

Kyrgios even responded to his opponent with "good shot" following one effort as tensions threatened to boil over.

Though it was Kyrgios who progressed to the fourth round as he won in four sets.


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