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Nick Kyrgios storms off court at Italian Open after game penalty

By Vincent Ashitey
Nick Kyrgios storms off court at Italian Open after game penalty
Nick Kyrgios storms off court at Italian Open after game penalty

Australia's Nick Kyrgios forfeited his second-round match at the Italian Open after walking off court against Norway's Casper Ruud.

The 24-year-old was in the deciding set when he was given a game penalty, reportedly for swearing, to trail 2-1.

He then kicked at a bottle, threw down his racquet, hurled a chair on to the court, picked up his bag and left.

Kyrgios has a history of fines for poor behaviour on court and in March clashed with a fan at the Miami Open.

Earlier this week he served underarm during victory Daniil Medvedev, while his actions on Thursday came as it emerged he said in a podcast interview that "could not stand" Novak Djokovic - who he described as "cringeworthy" - and called Rafael Nadal "super salty".

Kyrgios' past controversies

  • In 2015, having already been fined for an "insulting remark" to opponent Stan Wawrinka, Kyrgios was given a suspended 28-day ban and £16,200 fine for making lewd remarks about the Swiss player's girlfriend.
  • The following year he was banned for eight tournament weeks and fined £20,560 for his behaviour - including "lack of best efforts" at the Shanghai Masters. During the match in question against Mischa Zverev, Kyrgios also argued with a fan and received a code violation for swearing, after which he was fined for breaching the ATP code of conduct.
  • In the same tournament the next year, having earlier received a warning for smashing two balls out of court in frustration, he stormed off midway through his first-round match against Steve Johnson. He was later fined for unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • The Shanghai Masters was again the venue last year when he was involved in a prolonged argument with French umpire Damien Dumusois during his first-round exit.

More to follow.

Source:BBC