Nick Kyrgios solved his legal problem with a fan claiming he had “700 beers” and was “crazy drunk” during his final defeat at Wimbledon to Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios has never been a shrinking purple and expressed his displeasure to a fan when he demanded that a front row spectator be ejected from the match.
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Having achieved his best result in a grand slam, Kyrgios was getting hot when he asked the referee to eject the fan.
“It’s distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,” he furiously said to the referee.
“There is no other greater opportunity, you did not believe me and then did it again. It almost cost me the game.
“Why is he still here? She is drunk to death and she talks to me in the middle of a game. What is acceptable? ‘
“Drive her away. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress who seems to have had about 700 drinks, brother.”
The fan, a Polish lawyer named Ania Palus, was given water and allowed to rejoin the game after 15 minutes.
However, his next move was to threaten legal action.
But instead of going to court, it appears that Kyrgios and Palus have come up with a solution.
The Australian star has apologized and will donate £ 20,000 ($ A 35,000) to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
“On July 10, 2022, during the men’s final in Wimbledon, I told the referee that a fan, who I now know is Anna Palus, was distracting me during the game, believing she was drunk,” he said in a statement released by Knight. Temple Law, according to the Daily Mail.
“I accept that the belief was wrong and I apologize. To make amends, I donated £ 20,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a charity chosen by Mrs Palus. I will not comment on this question anymore. “
Immediately after the incident, Palus claimed that Kyrgios’ estimate of 700 drinks was less than 698, with Palus claiming that he only consumed two drinks: a Pimms and a rose.
“I wanted to show that we were there for him, I wanted to encourage him,” she told The Sun.
Palus later told The Telegraph: “I wanted to support him. Maybe I went too far … but I only had good intentions.
“For me it’s the temperature, I didn’t have a hat. I’m really sorry.”
But in August he filed a lawsuit against the Australian tennis star.
A statement released through his attorney read: “On Sunday 10th July 2022 I attended the Wimbledon Tennis Championships final with my mother. It was an event we had been waiting for for a long time.
“During the final, Nick Kyrgios made a reckless and completely unfounded accusation against me.
“Not only did this cause significant damage throughout the day, resulting in my temporary removal from the arena, but Mr. Kyrgios’ false accusation was broadcast and read by millions around the world, causing harm to me and my family. and very substantial distress.
“I am not involved, but after much consideration, I have concluded that I have no alternative but to instruct my attorneys Brett Wilson LLP to initiate defamation proceedings against Mr. Kyrgios in order to clear my name.
“The need to obtain a claim and to prevent a repeat of the charge are the only reasons for taking legal action.
“Any damage recovered will be donated to charity. Given the existing claim, I am unable to comment further on the events of the day in question.
“I hope that Mr. Kyrgios will reflect on the damage he has caused to me and my family and offer a prompt resolution to this matter.
“However, if he’s not willing to do it, I pledge to get revenge in the High Court.”
Kyrgios had the season of his career on the pitch.
Along with his Wimbledon final, he won the Citi Open in Washington, as well as three doubles titles: the Australian Open and Atlanta with Thanasi Kokkinakis and Washington with Jack Sock.
But he also had legal problems, including being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari in 2021.
Originally published as Nick Kyrgios makes amends for fans’ accusation of “700 beers”.