Nick Kyrgios to be sued by Wimbledon tennis fan after ‘700 drinks’ comment

Nick Kyrgios is facing more courtroom drama after a Wimbledon fan he accused of having “700 drinks” revealed she is suing the Australian tennis star.

Polish lawyer Anna Palus released a statement confirming legal action against the 27-year-old over his comments during the Wimbledon final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic.

Palus was removed from the crowd at Wimbledon’s Center Court after Kyrgios accused her of being drunk and distracting him, with the Australian saying on the radio she had had “700 drinks”.

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The new legal position comes less than 48 hours after Kyrgios was adjourned until October by an Australian court for assaulting former girlfriend Chiara Passari.

In a statement from her lawyer, Palus said she was trying to “clear her name” after Kyrgios’ allegations were broadcast around the world.

“On Sunday 10th July 2022 I was at the Wimbledon tennis championships final with my mother. It was an event we had been looking forward to for some time,” said Palus.

“Nick Kyrgios made a reckless and completely unfounded accusation against me during the final.

“Not only did this cause significant damage on the day, resulting in my being temporarily removed from the arena, but Mr Kyrgios’ false accusation was sent to and read by millions of people around the world, which me and caused great harm and suffering to my family.

“I am not argumentative but after much deliberation I have come to the conclusion that I have no choice but to direct my attorneys, Brett Wilson LLP, to commence defamation proceedings against Mr. Kyrgios in order to clear my name.

“The need to obtain justification and to prevent the allegation from repeating itself are the only grounds for taking legal action.

“Any damage restored will be donated to charity. Given the standing claim, I cannot comment further on the events of that day.

“I hope Mr Kyrgios will reflect on the damage he has caused me and my family and offer a quick solution to this matter.

“However, if he is unwilling to do so, I am anxious to seek justification in the High Court.”

During the final, which he lost to Djokovic in four sets, Kyrgios stopped playing and struck up a conversation with the chair umpire, accusing Palus of distracting him during his serve.

“She distracts me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,” Kyrgios said.

“There’s no greater reason, you didn’t believe me and then she did it again. That almost cost me the game.

“Why is she still here? She is completely drunk and talks to me in the middle of the game. What is acceptable?

“Okay, throw her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress that looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro.”

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Kyrgios is currently preparing for the US Open which starts on August 29 where he will be one of the favorites after the best season of his career.

The Australian has reached the Wimbledon final, won a title in Washington and reached semifinals in Halle, Stuttgart and Houston.

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