Wouldn’t usually give this kind of story the time of day but I seen a family member from Australia and his friends complaining about this kid. 20 Year old, and real bad attitude. I researched as hard as I could, the kids has potential to be really good but his make up in person is going to kill his dreams. I don’t know who coaches this kid but it must be a NIGHTMARE dealing with this everyday of your life. I did Football (Scottish Type) for 15 years, sport is sport, attitudes good can make a team win, but 1 bad apple can bring the whole team down, or in this case an entire Country. I will leave more links below, amazing this story has traveled the Globe so fast. Thanks to a family member for mentioning his name 😉
Nick Kyrgios’ racquet bounces into the stands after tantrum
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It was his third match at Wimbledon in five days, and the third time Nick Kyrgios had attracted the attention of the umpire for the wrong reasons. The rangy Australian 20-year-old was a set into his third-round victory over No7 seed Milos Raonic on Friday, when he missed a break point, span around in a rage and flung his racket so forcefully into the grass that it bounced several metres into the terraces, narrowly missing a spectator – an incident for which he received a formal warning, or code violation, from the umpire.
Two days earlier, Kyrgios had a stand-up row with a different match umpire after being reported by a linesman for muttering expletives. That came after his opening match on Monday, during which he received another code violation after refusing to play on after disputing a line call. The subsequent mutter, “dirty scum”, had not been directed at the chair, he said later. Was he concerned, an Australian journalist asked the player shortly after Friday’s match, that his behaviour was attracting a lot of criticism back home? Kyrgios shrugged. “No.” Well, what was his view of those who disapproved of him? “I don’t care.”
During last year’s US Open he found himself close to being disqualified after picking up three code violations in one match for swearing and smashing the ball out of the court in frustration. He could have suffered the same fate in January’s Australian Open, after again attracting censure for swearing at fans (he went on to reach the quarter finals before an encounter with Andy Murray proved a step too far) But, for everyone who may disapprove of his behaviour, there are many more who welcome the emergence in world tennis of a player as colourful as Kyrgios.
While he may win censure from umpires, the player is often wildly entertaining on court, chatting and joking with spectators. Frequently during his defeat of Raonic, met with a line call he didn’t like, he would gawp at the linesman in mock shock, and drop his racquet and ball where he stood, drawing inevitable laughter. By the end of the match, with the help of vocal Australian fans in the crowd, many of the impartial crowd were on his side. “People are starting to get on him and to say they don’t like the way he’s cut his hair and he’s talking too much,” added McEnroe, “but the truth is, he’s a breath of fresh air for the game.” Or, as the former Wimbledon champion Andy Roddick told the New York Times about Kyrgios’s behaviour: “Would I want my child to do it? Maybe not. But would I watch it? I probably would.”
Asked if he felt tennis would benefit from a few more characters, as in the days of McEnroe, Ilie Nastase and Andre Agassi, Kyrgios said yesterday: “Yeah, I guess so. I like to watch entertaining tennis. I’m not the biggest believer in saying nothing out there or being a robot. I feel you should express yourself. You know – it’s a sport.” Tennis’s new bad boy was born in Canberra in 1995, the son of a Greek-born tradesman father and a mother who was born as a princess in Malaysia,
That may be almost heretical in the obsessive world of tennis, but there are plenty who are rooting for Kyrgios. After the legendary coach Nick Bollettieri – mentor to Agassi, Monica Seles and many others – tweeted his admiration earlier this year, the Australian replied, “please let me know where I can improve”.
This week, Bollettieri did just that, sending a lengthy letter in which he said Kyrgios could be one of the world’s top players. “You are also a character and have a very engaging personality on the tennis court … The game needs ‘characters’. That being said, you must also be able to maintain discipline and avoid negativity.”
But if Kyrgios appreciated the American’s detailed input, he couldn’t quite find it in himself to be grateful – when asked about the letter after his match, he said with a shrug: “I didn’t really read it in much detail.”
John Newcombe, three-time Wimbledon champion: “Nick is an exceptional talent and he doesn’t beat to the same drum as everyone else – he’s a real individual. Some media people will take the little negative things and build them into big issues, rather than looking at more positive things, which far outweigh the negative things.”
Todd Woodbridge, nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion: “How you are going to be remembered at 19 or 20 is irrelevant. He is going to mature and he is going to grow and realise some of the things he’s done and said were not the right thing. There is so much focus on him at 20 and he has to learn to cope with that. He has people round him who can help him deal with it.”
Tim Henman, four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist: “Kyrgios is a performer, an entertainer and will go out and play the tennis he is capable of. He can beat anyone because he is seriously talented. He is a bit different and speaks his mind but the most important thing is that he doesn’t get distracted from what’s happening on the court.”
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