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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

TJ: What Kyrgios deserves after lowest act


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Yet again Nick Kyrgios has proved himself to be an embarrassment to Australian sport.

Quite possibly world sport.

It's not the first time such a claim has been levelled against this petulant 24-year-old, but his performance in Cincinnati today has proved beyond doubt that Kyrgios needs to take a break from tennis.

At the conclusion of his tantrum-riddled match against Karen Khachanov, Kyrgios appeared to spit in the direction of the umpire.

The incident coming on the back of a verbal spray to the chair umpire which went like this: "You're a f***ing tool, bro!"

Kyrgios explodes after point penalty

Classy stuff from a player who seems to be bereft of any class whatsoever.

While he has no-one to blame but himself, he's not solely at fault here.

Surely tennis authorities need to show something that resembles a backbone and deal with him accordingly.

Tennis is a peculiar sport in that it actually allows its officials to be abused by players.

The level of respect is minimal, the consequences even less.

It's time the ATP adopted a heavy-handed approach and ban Kyrgios from this month's US Open.

That tournament is still reeling from last year's meltdown from Serena Williams. Again there was scant regard shown to officialdom.

It can ill afford another headline-grabbing explosion from the likes of Kyrgios.

There'll be some who will brush today's on-court antics as just "Nick being Nick".

But appearing to spit at the umpire, even if the umpire wasn't the actual target, is taking things to a new low … even by his standards.

Kyrgios rips chair umpire

This followed a bizarre series of rants which included Kyrgios leaving the court at one stage for a toilet break which appeared to be merely an excuse to smash two racquets in the confines of the corridors.

The sad aspect of all this is that Nick Kyrgios has the talent to be the best player in the world.

He also has the capacity to be one of the great personalities.

We saw evidence of the latter in Washington last week when he embraced the crowd instead of abusing sections of it and buckled down to simply play tennis.

The end result? He won the title.

Today, he's been eliminated from the Cincinnati Masters. His reputation is again that of a brat.

The ATP must act accordingly.

Yet again Nick Kyrgios has proved himself to be an embarrassment to Australian sport.

Quite possibly world sport.

It's not the first time such a claim has been levelled against this petulant 24-year-old, but his performance in Cincinnati today has proved beyond doubt that Kyrgios needs to take a break from tennis.

At the conclusion of his tantrum-riddled match against Karen Khachanov, Kyrgios appeared to spit in the direction of the umpire.

The incident coming on the back of a verbal spray to the chair umpire which went like this: "You're a f***ing tool, bro!"

Kyrgios explodes after point penalty

Classy stuff from a player who seems to be bereft of any class whatsoever.

While he has no-one to blame but himself, he's not solely at fault here.

Surely tennis authorities need to show something that resembles a backbone and deal with him accordingly.

Tennis is a peculiar sport in that it actually allows its officials to be abused by players.

The level of respect is minimal, the consequences even less.

It's time the ATP adopted a heavy-handed approach and ban Kyrgios from this month's US Open.

That tournament is still reeling from last year's meltdown from Serena Williams. Again there was scant regard shown to officialdom.

It can ill afford another headline-grabbing explosion from the likes of Kyrgios.

There'll be some who will brush today's on-court antics as just "Nick being Nick".

But appearing to spit at the umpire, even if the umpire wasn't the actual target, is taking things to a new low … even by his standards.

Kyrgios rips chair umpire

This followed a bizarre series of rants which included Kyrgios leaving the court at one stage for a toilet break which appeared to be merely an excuse to smash two racquets in the confines of the corridors.

The sad aspect of all this is that Nick Kyrgios has the talent to be the best player in the world.

He also has the capacity to be one of the great personalities.

We saw evidence of the latter in Washington last week when he embraced the crowd instead of abusing sections of it and buckled down to simply play tennis.

The end result? He won the title.

Today, he's been eliminated from the Cincinnati Masters. His reputation is again that of a brat.

The ATP must act accordingly.

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