/Kyrgios defaults match after throwing chair across court

Kyrgios defaults match after throwing chair across court

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May 17, 2019 04:14:16

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from his second round Italian Open clash against Norway’s Casper Ruud after the hot-headed Australian hurled a chair on to the court.

Key points:

  • Ruud was leading 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 when Kyrgios was disqualified
  • Kyrgios will lose his $33,635 in prize money from the tournament
  • Kyrgios was suspended by the ATP Tour in 2016 for “tanking” a match and insulting fans

World number 36 Kyrgios was given a code violation for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after being broken early in the third set.

Having already been handed a code violation earlier in the match, the latest outburst meant the umpire also handed him a game penalty.

This prompted an angry Kyrgios to slam his racket into the ground and kick a water bottle before he tossed a chair towards the centre of the court.

The frustrated 24-year-old shook hands with his opponent and the umpire before he strode off the court, effectively defaulting himself from the contest.

Ruud was leading 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 when Kyrgios was disqualified and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.

History of bad behaviour

Kyrgios, who has a history of bad behaviour, was suspended by the ATP Tour in 2016 for ‘tanking’ a match and insulting fans during a loss at the Shanghai Masters.

The latest incident occurred on an outer court at the Foro Italico.

The men’s tour said Kyrgios will lose his $33,635 in prize money from the tournament and 45 ATP points, adding there will likely be further punishment pending an investigation.

In 2015, Kyrgios insulted Stan Wawrinka with crude remarks during a match in Montreal. He was fined $12,500 and given a suspended 28-day ban.

He also attracted criticism for deciding not to play at the Olympics because of a spat with an Australian team official, and for firing back at retired players who have offered advice.

Earlier this week, Kyrgios ripped into two of the game’s greats, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, labelling the Serbian as having a sick obsession with being liked and blasting Nadal as “super salty” in a New York Times podcast titled No Challenges Remaining.

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