The US Open begins Monday in New York. But the United Kingdom is particularly busy with the previous Grand Slam: Wimbledon. There, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios lost his temper during the final in July against a spectator who, according to him, had drunkenly harassed him in the stands.
He asked who the referee was. Kyrgios pointed to a woman and pointedly said, “That guy in that dress, he’s already had 700 drinks, bro.” Then a woman named Anna Paulus was taken down from her seat and recorded on a TV camera.
The move could cost Kyrgios dearly. Paulus, a lawyer from Poland who specializes in medical law, announced last week The kid is terrible Tennis for defamation. He argues that the false allegation that he was drunk had many negative consequences: “Millions of people around the world have seen or read it. This caused considerable damage to me and my family.
Kyrgios should know better. During the Wimbledon final, the first tennis fans were not the only ones. A ticket costs at least 250 euros. Anyone who can buy it for a few hours of tennis will not be fooled and generally places too much importance on his good name.
Wimbledon is also a well-mannered tournament. British cultural critic Ellis Cashmore once aptly wrote that the event had a very high ‘David Niven quality’. By this he said that Wimbledon was trying to uphold the old English standard of conduct. Actor Niven was popular in the thirties, forties and fifties.
For example, in addition to the obligatory white soldiers’ uniform, these forms of behavior certainly include a glass of gin… and, come on, a glass of rosé. Those are the two drinks that Palus allegedly consumed before the final. On the other hand, running wide against a supporter is not part of it. And did not address the umpire as ‘brother’.
Kyrgios, however, indicated ahead of the match that he was not too keen on all the rules. For example, after his matches, still on the track, he changed his white hat and shoes to red ones, to the horror of many. Kyrgios (27) is no David Niven, he’s a millennial, and Wimbledon knows it.
Paulus now wants to donate the compensation she’s seeking to charity. Both will come out. Above all, millennials love to give to charities. And Kyrgios earned €1.2 million at Wimbledon.
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Summer is made for sports. There is the Tour de France, there is Wimbledon, if all goes well the European Championships or the World Cup and if all goes well the Olympic Games.
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