Aussie Tennis player Nick Kyrgios is basically the term ‘controversy’ personified. From yelling at ball boys, to hurling insults at opponents, the ‘bad boy of tennis’ has done every freaking thing. Here’s a look at the timeline of his infamous outbursts:
1) Wimbledon 2015
The microphone picked up the words ‘dirty scum’ coming out from Kyrgios against his round 1 opponent Diego Sebastian Schwartzman. Apologizing later, Kyrgios said the words were directed at himself.
Then, in round 2, against Juan Monaco, the Aussie was reported to the chair umpire for mumbling expletives. He then hit back at the chair umpire saying, “Does it feel good to be up there in that chair? Does it feel strong to be up in the chair?”
In the following round against Canada’s Milos Raonic, Kyrgios received a warning for smashing his racket and arguing with a female fan.
Finally, in his 4th round exit by the hands of France’s Richard Gasquet, Kyrgios was accused of tanking points, that is, deliberately losing points, presumably out of frustration.
2) Rogers Cup, Montreal, 2015
Well, this one is offensive, very offensive but hilarious too. I, and even Stan, wouldn’t have thought about listening to this ‘insult’ even in the wildest nightmares.
Kyrgios said during changeover, ““Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.” He further added that Wawrinka 30, is “banging 18 year olds”.
Kyrgios was fined the on site maximum of $10,000 for the offence and a further $2,500 for comments directed at a ball boy. He was then handed a 28-day ban and $25,000 fine by the ATP.
BTW, we hope that you are aware of the ‘girlfriend’ in question.
3) Roland Garros, 2016
The bad boy shouted “towel” at one of the ball boys in a match against Marco Cecchinato. Deeming his tone to be overly aggressive, he was, of course, handed out a warning. In his defence, Kyrgios said that he wasn’t screaming, but just said it a little bit loud.
As always, isn’t it?
4) Shanghai Masters, 2016
Kyrgios was fined the maximum $10,000 for showing a ”lack of best efforts (tanking)”, $5,000 for verbal abuse of a spectator, and $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct in his 2nd round loss against Germany’s Mischa Zverev, 3-6, 1-6.
5) Acapulco, March 2017
As always, Kyrgios losing cool over fans for not many obvious reasons. In a match against Dudi Sela, the Australian player shouted, “Shut the F**k up” to a group of fans siting courtside. At the end of the match, he got into an argument with his opponent, when the latter objected to the Aussie’s attitude.
6) Again, Shanghai Masters, 2017
After losing the first set tie break to USA’s Steve Johnson in the first round of Shanghai Masters, 2017, Kyrgios thought that it would be better to retire than to lose the match. However, you can’t just walk away without showing any health or injury concerns? Isn’t it, Nick? He doesn’t seem to care much about these ethics, rules and protocols, and thus he was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and stripped of $21,085 prize money.
7) Queen’s Championship, June 2018
Seriously Kyrgios ?! 💦 pic.twitter.com/V8fJD14pJC
— poetcurious (@poetcurious) June 23, 2018
Kyrgios was fined €15,000 for enacting a ‘masturbation act’ with his water bottle, during the semi-final against Marin Cilic.
Later, he was quoted as saying, “My girlfriend (Ajla Tomljanovic) will kill me if I don’t apologize. But Denis Shapovalov gets fined €5,000 for hitting an umpire in the eye and sending him to hospital. I get fined €15,000 for playing with a water bottle.”
8) Rome, 2019
NSFW: Nick Kyrgios absolutely loses it at the Italian Open 😳
— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) May 16, 2019
In the 3rd set against Norway’s Casper Ruud, Kyrgios was handed a game penalty for swearing at a fan. Then he did this, what you see in the above video, receiving a fine of 20,000 Euros for unsportsmanlike conduct and losing his prize money. Furthermore, he had to forfeit the 45 ranking points gained during the tournament and was told to cover the costs of his hospitality.
Still more to come
Guys like Nick Kyrgios don’t give a darn about the sport, opponents, rules, and protocols. Hence, we are sure that Nick will keep ‘entertaining’ us for years to come. Thank you, Nick, for being there!