Remember the fan who Nick Kyrgios had kicked out of Wimbledon? She has launched a defamation case
Nick Kyrgios is facing a defamation case for “making a reckless and entirely baseless allegation” against the Polish tennis fan who was temporarily kicked out of Wimbledon’s Centre Court after the Australian accused her of being “drunk” and “distracting” him.
Facing Novak Djokovic in this year’s Wimbledon final, Kyrgios lost his temper during the third set and took aim at a fan sitting close to the court.
“She is distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final. There’s not a bigger occasion,” he told the chair umpire.
He added: “She’s drunk out of her mind in the first row, speaking to me in the middle of a game. What’s acceptable? Nothing is acceptable? So kick her out!
“I know exactly which one it is. It’s the one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks, bro.”
Anna Palus was the fan in question and the Polish medical lawyer spoke to the media after the incident and insisted that she wasn’t drunk and only wanted to “encourage” Kyrgios.
The 32-year-old has since decided to go down the legal route to clear her name and her solicitors Brett Wilson LLP has issued the following statement on her behalf: “On Sunday 10 July 2022 I attended the final of the Wimbledon tennis championships with my mother. It was an event we had been looking forward to for some time.
“During the course of the final, Nick Kyrgios made a reckless and entirely baseless allegation against me.
“Not only did this cause considerable harm on the day, resulting in my temporary removal from the arena, but Mr Kyrgios’s false allegation was broadcast to, and read by, millions around the world, causing me and my family very substantial damage and distress.
“I am not litigious, but after much consideration, I have concluded that that I have no alternative but to instruct my solicitors Brett Wilson LLP to bring defamation proceedings against Mr Kyrgios in order to clear my name.
“The need to obtain vindication, and to prevent repetition of the allegation, are the only reasons for taking legal action.
“Any damages recovered will be donated to charity. Given the extant claim, I am unable to comment further on the events of the day in question.
“I hope that Mr Kyrgios will reflect on the harm he has caused me and my family and offer a prompt resolution to this matter.
“However, if he is unwilling to do this, I am committed to obtaining vindication in the High Court.”
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