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Nick Kyrgios throws tennis temper tantrum during French Open defeat

Mirror logo Mirror 1/06/2017 Coran Elliott
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Nick Kyrgios reached boiling point at the French Open on Thursday, asking fans for a beer before being penalised for smashing his racket - all after being in a winning position.

Not known for his retiring demeanor, the 22-year-old lost his cool on his way to losing 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2 to South African Kevin Anderson in the third round at Roland-Garros.

He'd led 4-2 in the second after winning the first set, winning 11 of the first 18 games.

But the 18th seed fell apart, allowing his frustrations to get the better of him with a temper tantrum considered extreme even by his standards.

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In one outburst during a change of ends Krygios smashed his racket a total of 16 times against a water cooler.

It wasn't the only tool of his trade to be demolished during the match.

For his trouble Kyrgios was handed a penalty point by the umpire.

During one of his lowest ebbs during the match, he even asked fans for a drink.

“Get me a beer now,” he said. “Honest to God, get me one now.”

Kyrgios blamed a lack of preparation and a lack of motivation following the loss of his grandfather.

“He knows that things have been difficult for me," he said, referring to his coach Sebastian Grosjean.

“But he knows first-hand that I haven’t put in enough work to have gone deep here. The whole team knows it.

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“You know, and the surprising thing is I was in a winning position today and I still could have won.

“It doesn’t even matter how underdone I was. I still could have won.

“We (Kyrgios and Grosjean) both know that I’ve just got to practise. During Indian Wells and Miami time, I was practising a lot.

“Yeah, I mean, after my grandpa passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything, really.”

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