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Nick Kyrgios settles legal case with tennis fan he accused of having '700 drinks'

Max Sherry

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Nick Kyrgios settles legal case with tennis fan he accused of having '700 drinks'

Nick Kyrgios has settled his legal case with the tennis spectator he accused of having '700 drinks'.

The Aussie fan favourite also apologised too.

During the thrilling Wimbledon final between Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic, the Australian was beginning to lose control of the contest.

Returning to his bench after the first set, he then began remonstrating with the chair umpire, claiming a fan in attendance at Centre Court was "drunk out of her mind" and was therefore distracting him.

"She's distracting me when I'm serving in a Wimbledon final," Kyrgios told the chair umpire.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"There's no other bigger occasion, you didn't believe me and then she did it again. It nearly cost me the game.

"Why is she still here? She's drunk out of her mind and speaking to me in the middle of a game. What's acceptable?'

"Kick her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress, who looks like she's had about 700 drinks, bro."

The spectator-in-question was ultimately removed from the arena by security, although she was allowed to return around 10 minutes late, claiming she only had two drinks

Turns out the fan was actually a lawyer by the name of Ania Palus and Ms Palus wasted no time in launching legal proceedings, insisting Kyrgios had defamed her by making "a reckless and entirely baseless allegation."

Now Kyrgios has publicly apologised and settled the dispute.

"On 10 July 2022, during the Wimbledon Men's Final, I told the umpire that a fan, who I now know to be Anna Palus, was distracting me during the match, believing that she was drunk," Kyrgios said in a statement released by Knight Temple Law.

"I accept that belief was mistaken, and I apologise. To make amends, I have donated £20,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charity chosen by Ms Palus. I will not be commenting on this matter again."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Ch9

Topics: Australia, Tennis, Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon

Max Sherry
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