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Lawyer sues Nick Kyrgios for defamation

A tennis fan and lawyer, whom Nick Kyrgios accused of having had “700 drinks” during the Wimbledon Men’s Final, has brought proceedings against the Australian star.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 24 August 2022 Big Law
Lawyer sues Nick Kyrgios for defamation
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British law firm Brett Wilson LLP has been instructed by Polish lawyer Anna Palus to bring defamation proceedings against Mr Kyrgios over allegations he made against her during the Men’s Final of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, at which she was a spectator.

During that match — which the Australian lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic — Kyrgios complained to the umpire that Ms Palus “looks like she’s had about 700 drinks” and was “drunk out of her mind”.

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Via the law firm, Ms Palus issued a statement saying that her attendance at the Wimbledon final was something that she “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,” she said.

“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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