Nick Kyrgios crashed out of Queen’s Club in spectacular fashion on Thursday while showcasing his usual ‘bad boy’ persona with angry tantrums and arguments, in which he branded the experienced umpires a disgrace.
The 23-year-old young gun has worked himself up a less than impressive reputation for his fiery outbursts over the years and this week’s match against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was no different, as he went down 6-7 (7-4), 7-4 (7-3), 7-5.
At one point the Aussie even threatened to walk off court after boldly claiming a line judge was rigging the match.
“Bro, you are taking the f***ing p*** mate,” he reportedly told Murphy. “The ball was this far out, no joke. What are you doing? It’s so far long. Like, what are you actually doing up there? Bro, it’s taking the p***. I refuse to play.
He added: “Your hat looks ridiculous, also. It’s not even sunny.”
His behaviour didn’t dial down throughout the match with Kyrgios also blowing up at umpire James Keothavong after he issued him a code violation for smashing a ball out of the court.
“I thought some of the calls were outrageous today,” he exclaimed according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “It shouldn’t have to come down to me and Felix giving each other points. He gave me a point at a pretty crucial time, and I gave him a point at a pretty crucial time.
“For me doing a code violation, why can’t they get fined for having a terrible day in the chair? There’s hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. It’s not a joke.”
The outrage comes after footage of the star being interviewed by a young reporter was shared across the internet just hours ago, showcasing Kyrgios’ softer side.
The Aussie player sat down for a hilarious chat with tennis fan Vuk Vitic, with the pair discussing everything from fellow tennis aces Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to his favourite dance moves.
However, Vuk didn’t let the current world number 39 off easy, also quizzing him on his behaviour and sometimes poor work ethic which has garnered him a lot of hate in the past.
Getting right into the nitty gritty, the young journalist didn’t hesitate before jumping in with the hard questions, asking Kyrgios about his apparent lack of commitment to the game.
After exchanging niceties, he confidently asked: “I get off if I don’t work hard at school. Do you get told off when you don’t work hard at tennis?”
“I don’t have a coach so no one tells me anything,” the Aussie boldly replied which made Vuk giggle. “So but yeah, I should work hard.”
Prompting him further the young boy commented: “I mean some people told me, not me, but that you don’t try sometimes.”
“Yeah I don’t,” Kyrgios admitted. “Makes me a bad guy though.”
Offering a bit of advice Vuk then suggested: “You ought to try.” To which the tennis star replied: “Yeah you’re right.”