He is known as the ‘bad boy’ of professional tennis and Nick Kyrgios debuted his fiery temper yet again this week as he launched into an expletive-laden rant at an umpire during day four of Wimbledon.
The 24-year-old Canberra star crashed out of The Championships on Thursday after being beaten by Rafael Nadal, however it was his antics during the first set which garnered the most attention as he had some cross words with umpire Damien Dumosois.
Kyrgios was landed with a code violation due to the exchange, in which he branded Dumosois a “disgrace” and called out the official for exploiting the “power” he has as an umpire, according to BBC Sport.
The row began when Kyrgios complained about Nadal’s speed of play, asking Dumosois: “Why am I waiting to serve?” He then went on to say: “When he’s serving, he’s controlling the temp.
“Why do I have to wait for my serve? Why am I waiting? Why? It’s too long between serves, it’s bulls***. It’s ridiculous.”
It didn’t end there though, as Kyrgios then mocked the chair umpire about the “power” he has in his chair which saw him slapped with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"You're no-one. You think you're important. You have no idea what's going on. You're a disgrace."
Nick Kyrgios to the umpire 😬
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) July 4, 2019
It seems Nadal wasn’t fazed by Kyrgios’ on-court antics though as he described the Aussie as a “tough opponent”, speaking after their clash on Centre Court.
“He was a tough opponent,” Nadal, 33, told the UK public broadcaster. “When he wants to compete, he’s one of the toughest opponents you can face.
“It’s amazing how good he is able to play, so if he is able to forget all these things, he’s potentially a Grand Slam winner.”
Earlier this week, Kyrgios spoke out in a heated press conference, telling reporters to get their facts straight while making fun of their queries following his match against fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson on Tuesday.
During the match, Kyrgios was heard complaining about someone in the stands being too loud and also slammed a person with a camera when the sun reflected off the lens.
He also said while there are some who don’t agree with his style of play, they are still going to watch the match.
“I’m never going to change,” he explained. “I used to be like this when I played under 12’s, 14’s. I just go out there and have fun and play the game I want. At the end of the day I know people are going to watch. They can say the way I play isn’t right, he’s classless in the sport and all of that but they’re probably still going to be there watching.”
He then added: “Just because I’m different and go about it in a different way it causes a stir. But I understand that people are different. If everyone was the same it would be very boring. It’s hard for the tennis world to understand the way I go about it and I don’t understand why.”