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NICK KYRGIOS was accused of having “a very evil side” and being a “bully” by opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas after one of the feistiest clashes in recent SW19 history.

The Australian dumped out No4 seed Tsitsipas 6-7 6-4 6-3 7-6 - but the story of the match came in the antics in between the points.

4Nick Kyrgios begins to simmer again in his tight clash with Stefanos TsitsipasCredit: Getty 4Australia’s Nick Kyrgios roars with joy after beating Greece's fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the last 16 at WimbledonCredit: PA 4Stefanos Tsitsipas queries the umpire in the heated third-round clashCredit: Getty

Kyrgios dropped several f-bombs, requested Tsitsipas to be disqualified for smashing a ball into the crowd, was warned and called for umpire Damien Dumusois to be replaced.

Tsitsipas received two code violations and was given a points penalty for a wild shot into the stands.

The Greek hit out at “the circus” Kyrgios so often brings to the court and urged his fellow pros to band together and do something to stop the gobby Aussie’s shenanigans in future.

Tsitsipas, 23, blasted: “It's constant bullying, that's what he does. He bullies the opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. 

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“I don't like bullies. I don't like people that put other people down. 

“He has some good traits in his character, as well. But when he also has a very evil side to him, which if it's exposed, it can really do a lot of harm and bad to the people around him.”

The Athenian added: “There is no other player that does this.

"There is no other player that is so upset and frustrated all the time with something. It triggers it so easy and so fast.

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“I really hope all us players can come up with something and make this a cleaner version of our sport, have this kind of behaviour not accepted, not allowed, not tolerated, and move on better.”

Kyrgios totally rejected Tsitsipas’ version of events, labelling the 6ft4ins star as “soft”.

He stood by his on-court demand to have his opponent receive a default when he carelessly walloped a ball into the crowd at the end of the second set, narrowly missing a fan.

Tsitsipas later apologised for the incident.

But he confessed that when he had a point deducted in the third set for firing a return into the crowd, he had actually been trying to hit Kyrgios to make him “stop”.

Unseeded Kyrgios, 27, said: “I’m not sure how I bullied him.

"He was the one hitting balls at me, he was the one who hit a spectator, he was the one who smacked it out the stadium.

“I didn’t do anything. Apart from me going back and forth with the umpire a bit, I did nothing towards Stefanos today that was disrespectful.”

Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal has apologised to Lorenzo Sonego after abruptly stopping the match and calling the Italian over to the net to complain.

4Rafael Nadal said sorry to Lorenzo Sonego after stopping the match to personally complain to the ItalianCredit: AP

It is believed the Spaniard, 36, took great exception to the No.27 seed’s grunting in the closing points of the third-round tie.

At 4-4 in the third set, Nadal went over to the Turin star to make his feelings known and the pair also exchanged words at the end.

Nadal, who progressed 6-1 6-2 6-4, said: “I have to say that I was wrong.

“I should not call him on the net. So I apologise for that. My mistake.

“It is something that I spoke with him in the locker room about and it stays there. Only thing I can say is I saw him personally. I apologised for that.

“My intention was never to bother him at all. Just to tell one thing that was bothering me that I think he was doing in that moment, but that’s it.

“I think there is some codes between players. Yeah, we had some issues there. But that’s it.”

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Conor Benn puts welterweight world title hopes on hold in favour of settling family feud in Chris Eubank Jr fight

CONOR BENN says he has put his welterweight world title mission on hold to settle the family feud with Chris Eubank Jr.

The 25-year-old has climbed the 147lb rankings expertly with trainer Tony Sims but is risking it all to meet the middleweight at a 157lb middleground.

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The October 8 clash at London's O2 will come 29 years since their fathers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank Sr clashed in their second bout that finished in a magnificent draw.

Conor roared: "This fight is for the legacy and was an opportunity I felt I couldn't pass up.

“My team and I had other options on the table as I'm currently ranked top five with all governing bodies at welterweight and no doubt I'm looking for a world championship fight very soon.

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"But this fight is embedded with so much history and I know it's one the public really want to see. 

"To me this fight is personal - it's more than titles and rankings, this is unfinished business between our families.

“Born Rivals is the perfect calling for this fight, because we have always been associated and I've always been asked if we'd ever fight

"And now I can't wait for the world to be able to watch us make that happen.

“All I know is that from my side, this will be an all-out war, last man standing kind of fight. 

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"Neither will give up until the last bell rings. I won't be looking to take this to the score cards though, this will be explosive from the off. I'm so up for this.”

Eubank Jr, 32, has failed to land a major world title at super-middle or the 160lbs middleweight limit.

Mexican money machine Canelo has never shown any interest in a bout and Eubank Jr walked away from a Gennady Golovkin fight in 2016.

Even with a strict rehydration clause in place, Eubank Jr will come in the taller and heavier man.

And he cannot afford to lose against his smaller and less experienced rival.

3Conor Benn after defeating Chris Algieri in December 2021Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

“I grew up watching their legendary battles and always wanting to emulate that, and find my own arch nemesis", Eubank Jr Said. 

"Could this now be Conor Benn? We will find out.

"He has walked the same path as I have. I know his struggle. 

"Living in the shadow of a legend and trying to break out of that shadow and make his own name. 

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"If he can beat me, his name will be made, and he will never walk in his father’s shadow again.

“It’s a fight that’s going to spark the imagination of the British public, that’s what I’m happy about. In terms of anticipation, legacy and hype it’s the biggest fight of my career.”

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