Nick Kyrgios is in trouble again after controversially tanking his match against Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday. We take a look at five of the tennis bad boy’s other meltdowns.
Screams at ball boy and swears at umpire
Kyrgios was issued a code violation after aggressively shouting at a ball boy for a towel during his win over Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros.
The Australian then launched an angry tirade at umpire Carlos Ramos, labelling the decision “bulls**t, f***ing bulls**t.”
Gives up against Andy Murray at Wimbledon
Giving the match away against Zverev is not the first time Kyrgios has pulled such a trick, having being accused by John McEnroe of throwing the second set of his clash with Andy Murray at Wimbledon earlier this year.
When asked after his fourth-round defeat whether he was applying himself to be the best he can be, Kyrgios replied: “No. I don’t really love the sport but I don’t know what else to do. I woke up this morning and played computer games. Is that the greatest preparation? I don’t know.”
‘Locker room bust up’ with Stan Wawrinka
Wawrinka is understood to have angrily confronted Kyrgios after the Australian claimed that his compatriot and friend Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with the US Open champion’s girlfriend.
Kyrgios was fined 10,000 US dollars for his remarks, but suggests he has patched things up with Wawrinka since. “I feel we’re much more comfortable with each other now. It’s almost like nothing happened,” he said.
What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy.
To stop so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) August 13, 2015
Accused by Davis Cup team-mate of faking illness
After Australia crashed out of the Davis Cup at the hands of the USA, Bernard Tomic was overheard complaining to team captain Lleyton Hewitt: “Nick’s sitting down in Canberra. Bulls**t he’s sick. Two times Nick’s done it.”
And speaking to reporters, Tomic questioned how Kyrgios could be fit to play ATP tournament in Indian Wells, California, later that week. “He said he’s ‘still sick but I’m going to be better tomorrow’ – so it’s just weird for me. If he plays Indian Wells, then he’s definitely lost a little bit of my respect,” he added.
Falling asleep against Andy Murray
Admittedly, Murray does not have a reputation as one of the more engrossing and charismatic tennis players currently plying their trade, but few would have expected the Scot to send an opponent to sleep.
But after dropping the first set against Murray in the first round of the 2015 US Open, Kyrgios decided to have a quick nap in his chair during the changeover.
It didn’t help though, as Murray went on to win in four sets.
Nick Kyrgios takes a nap in his chair against Andy Murray at the US Openhttps://t.co/u4XrMgluMf
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) September 2, 2015