Nick Kyrgios settles his saga with a Wimbledon fan he accused of being drunk with a big payment | Tennis | sport

Nick Kyrgios has been forced to apologize after accusing a Wimbledon spectator of being “crazy drunk” during his final against Novak Djokovic. Ania Palus has been temporarily kicked off Center Court after the world No. 22 complained she was distracting him, but the Australian has now donated £20,000 to a charity of her choice as an apology.

Kyrgios issued a statement apologizing to a fan who attended his Wimbledon final this summer after admitting he was “mistaken” in accusing him of being drunk. As he faced Djokovic in a bid to win his first Grand Slam final, the 27-year-old complained to the referee when a member of the crowd – now known to be Polish lawyer Palus – l distracted.

It was then reported in August that the 32-year-old viewer would sue him for defamation, and Kyrgios has now donated £20,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity to resolve the lawsuit, also apologizing to Palus. “On July 10, 2022, during the Wimbledon men’s final, I told the referee that a fan, who I now know to be Anna Palus, was distracting me during the match, believing she was drunk,” a he said in a statement released by Knight Temple Law, according to the -.

“I accept that this belief is wrong and I apologize. To make amends, I donated £20,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charity chosen by Ms Palus. I will no longer comment on this matter. »

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At the time, Kyrgios complained to chair umpire Renaud Lichtenstein after he believed Palus was yelling and distracting him while serving. “She distracts me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final. There’s no other bigger occasion, you didn’t believe me and then it started again. It almost cost me the game,” he fumed.

“Why is she still here? She’s drunk and talking to me in the middle of a game. What is acceptable? The French referee told the seven-time title winner that “nothing” was acceptable, prompting him to continue demanding it be withdrawn.

“Okay, get her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress, who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks, bro,’ he said, before Palus was taken out for 15 minutes and allowed to return after drinking some water. The 32-year-old later clarified that she was actually cheering on the Aussie and only had two drinks.

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