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Fan taking legal action against Nick Kyrgios after he said they'd had '700 drinks'

Ryan Sidle

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Fan taking legal action against Nick Kyrgios after he said they'd had '700 drinks'

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Nick Kyrgios is set to face legal action from his Wimbledon final earlier this year, after asking for a woman to be removed from Centre Court for being 'drunk out of her mind.'

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Back in July, the world was certainly gripped by Kyrgios run to his first final of a grand slam as a singles competitor, having won the Australian Open men's doubles earlier in the year.

Not everyone was happy with the Australian's progress but no one could have claimed they weren't interested in what happened to me throughout the fortnight, ripping into officials, journalists and breaking the All England Club's rules.

Things didn't get any less controversial and entertaining against Novak Djokovic in the final, with the 27-year-old unhappy with some of the crowd.

Kyrgios was not happy even during the final. Image: Alamy
Kyrgios was not happy even during the final. Image: Alamy

He had one fan removed after claiming she was 'drunk out of her mind,' and accusing her of looking like she'd had '700 drinks,' which clearly didn't go down well.

Anna Palus has now threatened legal action the tennis star, claiming his comments were 'reckless and entirely baseless.'

"Not only did this cause considerable harm on the day, resulting in my temporary removal from the arena, but Mr Kyrgios' false allegation was broadcast to and read by millions around the world, causing me and my family very substantial damage and distress," Palus said via a statement from her solicitors.

Kyrgios with his runner up trophy. Image: Alamy
Kyrgios with his runner up trophy. Image: Alamy

"I am not litigious, but after much consideration I have concluded that I have no alternative but to instruct my solicitors to bring defamation proceedings against Mr Kyrgios in order to clear my name.

"The need to obtain vindication and to prevent repetition of the allegation are the only reasons for taking legal action. Any damages recovered will be donated to charity.

"I hope that Mr Kyrgios will reflect on the harm he has caused me and my family and offer a prompt resolution to this matter. However, if he is unwilling to do this, I am committed to obtaining vindication in the High Court."

Kyrgios had an excellent Wimbledon. Image: Alamy
Kyrgios had an excellent Wimbledon. Image: Alamy

The world number 26 is currently getting ready for the final slam of the year, with the US Open just around the corner, but his preparation has been far from ideal.

As well as a potential impending lawsuit over the incident at Wimbledon, Kyrgios is set to appear in court in Australia for assaulting his former girlfriend.

He was hoping to have the case postponed until later in the year but will instead face the court in October.

Topics: Nick Kyrgios, Tennis, Wimbledon

Ryan Sidle
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