Nick Kyrgios was in the headlines last week, but not for winning Marseille (250) like last year. In his semifinal 3-set loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kyrgios called the chair umpires, “biased as s**t.” This instance is one of many tantrums thrown by arguably the most talented rising stars on the ATP World Tour.
Over Nick’s short career so far, he has had many many fines and controversies related to racket abuse, tanking, and insults. Here’s a glance at a few:
2015 Wimbledon – In his loss to Richard Gasquet, Kyrgios was seen walking to the other side of the court before the previous point had been finished. He also let a couple of serves just pass right by him.
2015 Rogers Cup – During Kyrgios’ win over Stan Wawrinka, Nick managed to earn himself a $25,000 fine on top of a four-week ban from ATP tournaments after muttering, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.”
2015 US Open – In a four-set loss to Andy Murray, during changeovers Nick Kyrgios was caught sleeping and looking disengaged.
2016 Shanghai Masters – Nick Kyrgios lost to Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-1, and was fined $16,500 for, “lack of best efforts.” During the 48 minute match, Kygios asked the chair umpire, “Can you call time so I can finish this match and go home?”
It is not surprising to see Nick Kyrgios go after the refs again. When he was banned for 28 days, I did not think Nick would become a “changed man.” I wondered if there was any point to the ban because Nick has said, “I don’t really like the sport of tennis that much. I don’t love it,” and “But I just love basketball, I love the sport. I always have.” In my opinion, it would be better if he just quit, the ATP ban him, or he changes his ways. Even John McEnroe has challenged Kyrgios to quit by saying, “Nick Kyrgios, you don’t want to be a professional tennis player, do something else.”
When it comes down to it, Nick Kyrgios has disrespected the game of tennis time and time again. What makes the matter worse is that he is probably one of the best wasted talents tennis has ever seen. Finally, to put it in simple terms, if you don’t like tennis, just stop playing, it is that simple.