NICK KYRGIOS’S RUN-INS AND TENNIS TANTRUMS
WIMBLEDON 2015: DIRTY SCUM
Returning to the scene of his break-out success, Kyrgios appeared to call an umpire “dirty scum” under his breath during his round-one win. Afterwards, Kyrgios said he was talking to himself, adding “it wouldn’t bother me one bit if they fine me”.
WIMBLEDON 2015: UMPIRE BLUES
Another match, another run-in with the chair umpire. After Kyrgios brought complaints from a line judge for obscenities, the Canberran took aim at the official asking, “Does it feel good to be up there in that chair? Does it make you feel strong?”
WIMBLEDON 2015: KYRGIOS `TANKS’ AGAINST GASQUET
Having won through to the fourth round for the second-straight year, Kyrgios faced Richard Gasquet but gave up several points on the Frenchman’s serve to face allegations of tanking.
“Of course I tried,” he told the post-match press conference.
“There was a lot of ups and downs. It was a tough, tough time, especially when he’s not missing any balls … I feel as if I’m playing not how I should be playing. I’m angry at myself.”
JULY 2015: TURNING ON RAFTER
Kyrgios turned to Twitter in support of compatriot Bernard Tomic, taking offence at comments from Tennis Australia performance director Pat Rafter.
“Another negative comment out of Rafters mouth. Does this guy ever stop? #everyoneisaworkinprogress” he tweeted before deleting his post.
MONTREAL 2015: SLANDERING STAN
On the way to a second-round defeat of French Open winner Stan Wawrinka, Kyrgios dropped a bombshell between points, saying “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate” into a courtside microphone.
In an on-court interview after the win, Kyrgios’ explanation was less than convincing.
“He was getting a bit lippy with me. (It was) kind of in the heat of the moment. I don’t know. I just said it.”
FRENCH OPEN 2016: UNBELIEVABLE BIAS
During a tense first-round win, Kyrgios was hit with a questionable code violation call – for shouting too loudly when requesting a towel from a ball boy – and responded by waging a war of words with respected chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
Kyrgios accused the experienced umpire of “unbelievable bias” and said the decision was “f**king bulls**t”.
He took exception to being issued a “rough” penalty when only a week earlier world No.1 Novak Djokovic escaped without sanction despite grabbing the arm of umpire Carlos Bernardes and pushing him away.
“I think we all know in this room if that was me that did that, it would be an absolute circus.”