Nick Kyrgios Kicked Out Of Italian Open After Massive Meltdown
Australia's most temperamental sports star, Nick Kyrgios, has had a massive meltdown at the Italian Open.
The 24-year-old Aussie walked off during the match with Norwegian Casper Ruud, chucked a chair onto the court in Rome, kicked a water bottle, threw his racket on the ground and mouthed off against the umpire.
During his tirade against the umpire, the tennis star yelled: "I am giving 100 percent to deal with fucking idiots like him, I'm done. I'm fucking done. I'm fucking done with it. I don't give a fuck."
He eventually chucked his bag over his shoulder and sauntered off the court. Officials defaulted the match and handed the win to Ruud.
Following the scenes on court, Kyrgios wrote on Instagram: "Very eventful day to say to the least. Emotions got the better of me and I just wanted to say that the atmosphere was crazy out there today, just super unfortunate that it had to end in a default. Sorry Roma, see you again, maybe."
The Daily Mail says the Aussie will likely have his prize money for reaching the second round, a hefty $53,000, taken away from him as well as 45 ATP points. In addition to that, the ATP has fined him $32,000 for the default and could suspend him from future events.
His opponent, Casper Ruud, reckons that would be appropriate considering his history of bad behaviour.
The Norwegian said: "It doesn't seem like anything makes him change these days.
"The ATP should do something...I'm not the only one who thinks he should be suspended for at least half a year."
However tennis legend Roger Federer has weighed in on the issue and thinks a ban is too far.
"I don't think he should be suspended," Federer said. "He walked off the court. What did he do? He hurt a chair? That's not enough for me.
"I don't know if he's on probation or not from his Shanghai thing. If that's the case, then obviously you can maybe look into it. If that's run its course, I don't think he should be suspended."
"A zero pointer, fine, all this stuff is already tough enough. He knows it's a mistake what happened."
The 'Shanghai thing' was when he walked off the court midway through a match with Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters in 2016. That incident saw him banned by the ATP, meaning this latest outburst could see another.
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