Nick Kyrgios Disqualified From Italian Open 2019 After Smashing Chair

Published 05/16/2019, 2:04 PM EDT


Nick Kyrgios has been disqualified from the Italian Open 2019, on Thursday after the exasperated Australian tossed the chair on to the court. The incident happened when Nick Kyrgios was facing Norway’s Casper Ruud at the second round of the Italian Open 2019.

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Nick Kyrgios was given a code of violation earlier in the match. But the 24-year-old was again handed over with a code of violation for his unsporting conduct on the court. The Australian’s outburst came after being broken early in the third set of the match. As a result, Nick Kyrgios was penalized with a game by the Chair Umpire.

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The penalty instigated the frustrated Kyrgios as he slammed his racket into the ground. The world no. 36 did not stop there, he kicked the water bottle and then hurled the chair towards the center of the court. The umpire called the match referee to deal with the situation.

He was seen shouting at a spectator,  “F*****g retard bro. Why are you walking across the court as I am serving? You’re not supposed to walk across the court as I’m serving, do you understand that? I’m giving 100 percent. I don’t want to play. Why would I play? I am giving 100 percent to deal with f*****g idiots like him, I’m done. I’m f*****g done. I’m f*****g done with it. I don’t give any f**k.” 

 

The hot-headed Kyrgios then packed his bag and shook hands with Casper Ruud and the umpire before he marched off the court, defaulting himself from the event. The umpire had no choice but to disqualify Nick Kyrgios from the Italian Open 2019.

Ruud won the match 6-3, 6-7, 2-1 to advance in the third round of the Italian Open 2019.

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Nick Kyrgios was required to speak to the media after the match but the New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg tweeted, “ATP comms could not catch Kyrgios after the match before he left the site, so, AWOL, he will not be speaking through official channels today.”

Nick Kyrgios is most likely to face an offensive investigation after a violent code of conduct on the court. There is a possibility that Kyrgios could be banned from tennis for a particular period.

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The outburst from kyrgios came just one day after he attacked Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in an interview. He said that he couldn’t stand Novak’s “cringe-worthy” celebrations after winning. He also ripped off the Spaniard saying that he is a “super salty” loser.

 

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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