Lawyers for a Wimbledon spectator accused by Nick Kyrgios of being “drunk out of his head” have released an apology from the tennis star and say their client’s claim has been settled.
“On July 10, 2022, at the Wimbledon Men’s Final, I told the referee that a fan I now know as Anna Palus was distracting me during the match, believing she was drunk,” Kyrgios said in a released statement. Knights Temple Law and sent to CNN.
“I accept that this belief was wrong, and I apologize. To help with the repair, I have donated £20,000 (about $22,000) to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Mrs Palus’ chosen charity. I will not comment on this matter again.’
Great Ormond Street Hospital is a specialist children’s hospital in London, mostly caring for children referred from other hospitals in the UK and abroad, as well as carrying out research into childhood diseases.
Kyrgios, who was eventually beaten by Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, was angry at the match after he said there was crowd noise.
He expressed his anger at the bench referee at the time, asking the fan to be ejected from the stadium for constantly talking during a match.
“He’s drunk out of his mind, throw him out,” he said.
Asked by the referee which supporter he was, Kyrgios gestured to the stands and said: “Looks like he’s had about 700 drinks.”
As a result, Palus says, he was temporarily removed from the field.
He took legal action in August, saying Kyrgios’ allegations had caused him and his family “great harm and distress,” his lawyers said in a statement to CNN.
Now that the case has been settled, Palus’ attorneys told CNN they would have no further comment.