NICK KYRGIOS: FAST SERVES AND FAST LIPS
Australian tennis tyro Nick Kyrgios has made a splash since breaking into the sport’s elite with a 2014 Wimbledon defeat of then World No.1 Rafael Nadal. But with a tongue as fast as his first serve, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the 20-year-old.
WIMBLEDON 2014: READY FOR GLORY
After winning through to the fourth-round date with Nadal, Kyrgios said he had “a lot of excitement … obviously 14 grand slams between us, so it’s going to be a good match”.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2015: FIFTH SET
Forced into a fifth set in his opening-round match, Kyrgios wasn’t taken with John Newcombe’s suggestion he would be looking to close out the match in four. “That’s usually what happens when you lose the fourth set, you go into a fifth one,” he told a post-match interviewer.
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.”
CALLING OUT DAWN: “BLATANT RACIST”
His Wimbledon exploits failed to please Olympian Dawn Fraser, who said Kyrgios should go back to where his parents came from. Kyrgios hit back with the following on his Facebook page.
“Throwing a racket, brat. Debating the rules, disrespectful. Frustrated when competing, spoilt. Showing emotion, arrogant.
“Blatant racist, Australian legend.”
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.”