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Kyrgios defaulted from Rome Masters after throwing chair, declaring 'I'm f**king done'

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 16 May 2019
  • Nick Kyrgios defaulted from Rome Masters match against Casper Ruud
  • Kyrgios smashed racquet and threw chair on to court after being given game penalty
  • Controversial Australian likely to face sanctions from ATP Tour
Nick Kyrgios (PA Sport)

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from his match at the Rome Masters after throwing a chair and walking off court.

Barely a day after a controversial podcast interview was released, Nick Kyrgios made headlines once again as his second-round match at the Rome Masters ended with the Australian smashing a racquet, throwing a chair and then walking off court.

Kyrgios was defaulted from the match against Casper Ruud, handing victory to the Norwegian 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-1.

The 24-year-old, who had already received a code violation and a point penalty, started shouting at the crowd, swearing at them and telling them not to be disruptive while he was serving, yelling, 'Do you understand that?'

The umpire promptly issued Kyrgios with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct leading to a game penalty.

Kyrgios immediately threw his racquet to the ground, in close proximity to a seated linesperson. He then kicked a chair over before throwing it on to the court. 

The umpire responded by calling the referee to the court, a clear signal that a default was imminent.

Kyrgios sat down briefly on his chair before getting up again and yelling in the direction of his box, 'I'm done, I'm fucking done.'

He packed his bag and walked off court after shaking hands. Ruud was declared the winner.

Kyrgios left the tournament site without speaking to press, but has already taken to twitter to mock Ruud's reaction to having won the match by default.

The incident follows the release of an interview with Kyrgios conducted by Ben Rothenberg for the No Challenges Remaining podcast, which garnered much attention on a day when play at the Rome Masters was completely rained off. In the interview, Kyrgios claimed to be 'the person who literally does the least work on tour' and admitted to going out drinking every night during the Acapulco tournament he won in early March, as well as casually admitting to 'tanking' matches.

It was Kyrgios's remarks about fellow players that drew the most attention though, with the Australian labelling Fernando Verdasco 'the most arrogant person ever', claiming that Rafael Nadal was 'super salty' whenever he lost to Kyrgios and accusing Novak Djokovic of having 'a sick obsession with wanting to be liked'. 

Kyrgios has clashed with ATP Tour officials on numerous previous occasions, most notably in 2016 when he was suspended (over the off-season) for lack of effort in a match in Shanghai.

The Australian is likely to be fined, at the very least, by the ATP Tour for his behaviour in Rome.

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