Where there’s Nick Kyrgrios, there’s drama.
Australia’s most polarising sportsman is under fire again after a dramatic mid-match retirement at the Shanghai Masters.
The venue has history for Kyrgios, who allegedly tanked at the event last year, he’s now courted fresh controversy by walking off court after losing a tight first set to American Steve Johnson.
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It’s been reported Kyrgios was upset about a hostile crowd and what he thought was poor umpiring decisions, before storming off.
Down 5-4 in the tie break Kyrgios heard saying: “If I lose this set I’m retiring and going home.” 3 points later he walked out.
— Bill Woods (@bmrwoods) October 10, 2017
However, he took to social media after the match and explained he left the court due to injury and illness.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 10, 2017
The tantrum shocked many tennis fans who thought the 22-year-old had turned over a new leaf.
He said he’s found a new passion to play well to help support his charity work for underprivileged children and the planned creation of a Melbourne facility for his NK Foundation.
‘“For the first time, I feel like there is a reason for me to be doing what I’m doing,” he wrote in an article for Players Voice.
“Tennis is a great life, we’re well paid and the perks are pretty good, but it can feel empty if you’re just doing it for the money.
“I know what it’s all for now. You’ve probably heard me say a few times over the years that I don’t want tennis badly enough.
“But when I’m working on the NK Foundation and our Melbourne facility, I cast my mind forward to all the disadvantaged kids I’ll be helping.
“I’m playing for them now.”