Updated on 06/11/2022 at 18:48
- Scandal tennis pro Nick Kyrgios once again maintained his image at the ATP tournament in Stuttgart.
- In the semi-final against Andy Murray, the Australian smashed his racquet and got into a fight with the crowd.
- Apparently he was insulted by the audience.
Two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray is in the final of the ATP tournament at Stuttgart’s Weissenhof, where he meets Italian Matteo Berrettini. The Scot won his semi-final against Australian Nick Kyrgios 7: 6 (7: 5) and 6: 2. During the game, Kyrgios once again reinforced his image as a “tennis bad boy”.
After a balanced first set, the tie-break ended ugly. At the last rally, Kyrgios bounced the ball because of a mistake and the Australian smashed his racquet. For this he was penalized with a point deduction. At the beginning of the second round, Kyrgios also messed with the audience, insulted them and was deducted to make it 0: 2.
After that, the match was about to be abandoned because the Australian didn’t want to get used to the course of the game, talked to himself and moaned. He played the game listlessly to the end and was whistled goodbye by the audience. It wasn’t the first time Kyrgios caused a scandal on the tour.
Kyrgios expresses accusations of racism after freaking out
In an Instagram story, Kyrgios asserted on Saturday evening that an insult from the audience was the reason for his freaking out.
“When will this stop dealing with racist slurs from the crowd?” Kyrgios wrote. He knows that his behavior is “not always optimal”, “but comments like ‘you little black sheep’ and ‘shut up and play’ are not acceptable”.
“It wasn’t fun at the end. The second set wasn’t a real match. The end of the first set was decisive,” Murray commented on the game on “Servus TV”. (mt/dpa/afp)
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