‘He needs medication’: Nick Kyrgios reaches new low with extraordinary meltdown, walk-off
Nick Kygrios’ on-court meltdowns have reached a new low at the Italian Open.
The world-number-36 appeared volatile from the outset in his Round 2 match against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud, but that reached boiling point when he walked off the court at 1-1 in the third set.
After disagreeing with a line judge and then attacking the crowd for talking during his serve, Krygios lost the plot.
He slammed down his racket, kicked a water bottle and hurled a chair onto the court.
Footage of Nick Kyrgios’ rampage after losing at the Rome Masters…🤬🎾
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Before he could officially be disqualified, he packed up his bag, shook hands with his opponent and the umpire and stormed off.
The 24-year-old has been fined will lose all of his prize money, totalling around $65,000.
He’s also been docked 45 ATP points, with further punishment likely, pending an investigation.
Alan Jones says, “he should be banned from the Tour for two years”.
“I think he needs medication.”
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Kyrgios has since taken to social media to apologise, admitting emotions got the better of him.
“Very eventful day to say to the least 🤦🏽♂️
Emotions got the better of me and I just wanted to say that the atmosphere was crazy out there today, just super unfortunate that it had to end in a default 😳😅
Sorry Roma, see you again, maybe 😴✌🏽”
The incident comes just days after Kyrgios slammed many of the game’s greatest players in a podcast.
He took aim at Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, offering a wide-range of criticism.