Nick Kyrgios apologises to ballboy after nearly hitting him with racket
Never a dull moment.
Even by Nick Kyrgios' standards, Thursday's Indian Wells quarter-final defeat to Rafael Nadal was eventful stuff.
The Australian went down in three sets to Nadal. His notorious temper saw him argue with a fan before almost hitting a ballboy with a racket as he slammed it into the court.
In the final set, Kyrgios had become irked by a fan who tried to tell him how to hold serve as the Spaniard forced a couple of break points. Noticing they were sitting within close proximity to Ben Stiller. The 26-year-old then referenced the Hollywood actor in his attempts to silence the fan.
Nick Kyrgios lost his temper.
"Why are you speaking?” Kyrgios asked the fan before pointing to Stiller. "Do I tell him how to act? No."
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Seconds after Nadal's victory had been confirmed, Kyrgios launched his racket onto the court in frustration. The racket bounced up, forcing the ballboy to dodge out of its way.
Nick Kyrgios’ temper tantrums creating a dangerous environment for everyone involved. barely two weeks after Alexander Zverev whacked his racket against the umpire’s chair. and this is supposed to be a “poised” sport? pic.twitter.com/422PnfesE3
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Thankfully, no harm was done, with Kyrgios tweeting that he had later reached out to the ballboy to offer his apologies and a racket (presumably just handed over, not launched at him).
Kyrgios took to Twitter after the match.
"Made a new friend in the process," he tweeted. "Accidents happen but we can go out of our way to make things better."
Made a new friend in the process 🤍 accidents happen but we can go out of our way to make things better 🥶👑 pic.twitter.com/G0gI5QpmBy
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 18, 2022
The incident comes a couple of weeks after Alexander Zverev well and truly lost his cool during a Mexican Open doubles match and repeatedly hit out at the umpire's chair with his racquet.
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