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'Facts or nah?' Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios exposes a glaring irregularity in the rules as he takes aim at bitter rival Rafael Nadal to explain his latest on-court meltdown

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/08/2019 Zoe Zaczek and Kelsey Wilkie

Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios has exposed a glaring irregularity in the rules, while taking aim at bitter rival Rafael Nadal to explain his latest on-court meltdown.

The controversial tennis star was fined $113,000 (AUD $166,714) for the outburst which saw him smash two racquets and call the chair umpire a 'f**king tool' at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.

Kyrgios, who lost in the second round to Russia's Karen Khachanov, became riled up when he was hit with a time violation in the second set for taking too long between serves. 

a man holding a racket on a court: Nick Kyrgios was fined $113,000 (AUD $166,714) for the outburst which saw him smash two racquets and call the chair umpire a 'f**king tool at the Cincinnati Masters © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nick Kyrgios was fined $113,000 (AUD $166,714) for the outburst which saw him smash two racquets and call the chair umpire a 'f**king tool at the Cincinnati Masters

In his fiery response he mentioned the Spaniard, who is notorious for his slow serves.

'That's hilarious, if Rafa (Rafael Nadal) plays that quick I'm retiring from tennis. Absolute rubbish… disgrace,' Kyrgios said.

'Get me some footage of Rafa playing that quick, that game. If you can find any of that I'll shut my mouth and never speak again.' 

The 24-year-old stuck to his word and shared side-by-side footage of himself and Nadal taking serves. 

'Facts or nah,' he captioned the video posted to Instagram.

According to the video comparison, Kyrgios took 28.22 seconds between his point to take a serve while Nadal took 41 seconds.  

Nick Kyrgios holding a phone: Kyrgios shared a side-by-side video of himself and Nadal taking serves to Instagram. 'Facts or nah,' he wrote © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios shared a side-by-side video of himself and Nadal taking serves to Instagram. 'Facts or nah,' he wrote

Players have 30 seconds to serve before they are are warned by the umpire.  

The video has divided opinion on his Instagram page, with many claiming Kyrgios cannot compare himself to Nadal and instead needs to work hot-headed ways.

'Are you serious!! You can't compare you to Rafa... At your age Nadal was already a legend by winning all the tournaments,' one person said. 

'But really you would have won that match if you didn't get mad. You are your own worst enemy,' one person suggested.

Another said: 'Come on Nick.... was it really necessary? This is not very mature. Rafa has nothing to do with your time violation warning, he's not even playing in Cincinnati'.

Others suggested there was a 'double standard' and that umpires could be 'biased' towards certain personalities.   

'Rules need to imposed equally across all players regardless of who they are or previous results,' one person said.

'Why is everyone here saying Nick shouldn't compare himself to Rafa? They're both ATP players, so they should follow the same rules. Winning 18 grand slams doesn't exempt you from the rules of the sport,' added another.    

The world number 27 could be suspended over his recent conduct, which would jeopardise his spot at the US Open which starts on August 27.

The ATP said it was 'looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match' to determine whether additional fines or a suspension is warranted.

a man holding a racket on a court: Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios exploded into a bizarre rant aimed at the chair umpire on Wednesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios exploded into a bizarre rant aimed at the chair umpire on Wednesday

The ATP listed a breakdown of eight fines ranging from $3,000 (AUD $4,430) to $20,000 (AUD $29,925) each for violations such as unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity.

Kyrgios was kicked out of the Italian Open in May after throwing a chair and being suspended by the ATP in 2016 for not trying to win and insulted fans during the Shanghai Masters.

This month, Kyrgios won the Citi Open title in Washington and said he had turned a page in his professional and personal lives.

NICK KYRGIOS MELTDOWNS 

BY JAMES DUTTON

Rogers Cup, 2015

No stranger to having his professionalism on a tennis court questioned, Kyrgios strayed well over the line when a fiery match with Stan Wawrinka got personal.

It may have been a 'heat of the moment' response to a 'lippy' opponent, but the Aussie was fooling no one after he was caught by an on-court microphone telling his opponent: 'Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.'

Kyrgios was referring to his Davis Cup team-mate Thanasi Kokkinakis, while Wawrinka was romantically linked with his now girlfriend Donna Vekic. It was a line more likely to promote a heavyweight boxing match than grace a tennis court, and Wawrinka was deeply unimpressed by the apparent sledging.

'I just hope the ATP takes big measures against him. He's young but that's no excuse... every match, he behaves very badly', he said.

'The problem is he doesn't just behave badly towards himself, he behaves badly towards the people around, the other players, the ball kids, the umpires. I really hope the ATP will take major action against him this time.'

He was fined £10,000 and handed a 28-day suspended sentence.

Australian Open, 2016

He could have let it go to voicemail. He could have switched it off. He could have left it in the locker room.

For once Kyrgios escaped punishment, but eyebrows were still raised after this indiscretion.

Before a mixed doubles match in Melbourne three years ago he answered a phone call as he sat down with partner Ajla Tomljanovic.

Officials investigated the incident, which had left Tomljanovic thoroughly bemused, but he avoided sanction because it was pre-match.

'Some of my friends called me,' Kyrgios said. When asked if it was something important, he replied: 'Kind of, not really'.

a person hitting a ball with a racket: Kyrgios took a call from a friend before a mixed doubles match in Melbourne in 2016 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios took a call from a friend before a mixed doubles match in Melbourne in 2016

Shanghai, 2016

Accusations of tanking have followed Kyrgios throughout his career. He was booed at Wimbledon in 2015 for a lack of effort in returning serves from Richard Gasquet.

But when he did not return shots and served without effort at the Shanghai Masters in 2016 it earned him a three-month ban and a £20,500 fine.

At one point he patted a serve over the net and at another he was walking off court before his opponent, Mischa Zverev, had returned the ball.

When told to act professionally by umpire Ali Nili after swearing, he responded: 'Can you call time so I can finish this match and go home?'

He made no apologies for his conduct after the match, even taking aim at the fans.

'I don't owe them [the fans] anything. It's my choice. If you don't like it, I didn't ask you to come watch. Just leave. You want to buy a ticket? Come watch me.You know I'm unpredictable. It's your choice. I don't owe you anything. Doesn't affect how I sleep at night.'

Against Mischa Zverev in Shanghai in 2016 Kyrgios patted a tame serve over the net © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Against Mischa Zverev in Shanghai in 2016 Kyrgios patted a tame serve over the net a man on a court with a racket: He then walked off court before Zverev had even returned the serve to win the point © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He then walked off court before Zverev had even returned the serve to win the point

Queen's, 2018

Kyrgios believed he was sharing a private moment with his players' box when he mimicked a crude sex act with a water bottle during a break in games.

Instead the moment was beamed into living rooms across the world as it was caught on live television during a defeat by Marin Cilic at Queen's last year.

Kyrgios held his drink bottle towards his groin and appeared to pretend to masturbate.

After playing around with his drink bottle he then finished off by spraying water onto the ground and taking a sip before sharing a cheeky grin. He was fined £13,000.

Earlier in the week he shouted out 'f***' during his match against Kyle Edmund, forcing BBC commentary to apologise for the foul language.

His response when it was raised afterwards? 'Fine. I don't care'.

Nick Kyrgios in a blue shirt: At Queen's last year he mimicked a lewd sex act © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At Queen's last year he mimicked a lewd sex act a man in a blue shirt: Kyrgios thought he was sharing a private moment withis players' box © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios thought he was sharing a private moment withis players' box

Wimbledon, 2018

Somehow Kyrgios made it to the age of 23, a world ranking of 18 and over £5m earned in prize money without knowing the foot-fault rule.

In an embarrassing, yet hilarious, moment at Wimbledon last year umpire James Keothavong had to get down from his chair and teach the Aussie the rules of the game.

He was shown the centre mark foot fault rule by the British official during a break between sets in his second-round match.

Keothavong stood with his feet behind the doubles tramline near his chair to explain.

He drew an imaginary extension of the centre mark and put his back foot the other side of the court, which is against the rules.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules state: 'The server shall not touch the imaginary extension of the centre mark with either foot.'

a group of people standing on a court: At last year's Wimbledon Kyrgios had to be taught the foot-fault rule on serves © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At last year's Wimbledon Kyrgios had to be taught the foot-fault rule on serves a group of people standing on a court with a racket: Umpire James Keothavong got down from his chair to teach the Aussie player the rules © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Umpire James Keothavong got down from his chair to teach the Aussie player the rules  

Italian Open, 2019

Even by Kyrgios' standards this meltdown on one of the outside courts against Casper Ruud was incredible.  

The Aussie allowed himself to get riled by spectators and became involved in an exchange with officials after being made to forfeit a game to go 2-1 down in the decider.

Having angrily hurled his racket to the floor he threw the fold-up chair onto the playing surface and then went into an expletive-filled rant, shouting at the chair: 'I am giving 100 per cent to deal with f****** idiots like him, I'm done. I'm f****** done. I'm f****** done with it. I don't give a f***.'

He then put his bag over his shoulder and walked off court of his own accord, but was officially defaulted from the match.

a group of people watching a person on a court: Kyrgios smashed his racket into the ground before kicking something along the floor © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios smashed his racket into the ground before kicking something along the floor a person standing in front of a crowd: Kyrgios picked up a seat from courtside and hurled that into the centre of the court © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios picked up a seat from courtside and hurled that into the centre of the court  

Wimbledon, 2019

Kyrgios' Centre Court meeting with Rafael Nadal was always going to be explosive viewing and so it proved. After all, he had been partying into the early hours Wimbledon pub The Dog and Fox. 

Not only was the Aussie underarm serving the world No 2 but he smashed a forehand directly at Nadal and later claimed he wanted the ball to strike him. 

a man holding a racket: Kyrgios had a row with umpire Damien Dumusois while he took on Nadal at SW19 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kyrgios had a row with umpire Damien Dumusois while he took on Nadal at SW19 Kyrgios then turned his anger on the chair umpire for seemingly operating with a double standard when it came to the shot clock for the two players.

'Wow, you've got so much power up there,' Kyrgios said.

'Look at you. Look at you. You're no one. You think you're important. You have no idea what's going on. You're a disgrace.'

After the match, Kyrgios went on to add: 'I got angry at the ref. He's like, 'No, I'll tell him what I want to tell him.' I was like, 'Oh, a little bit of a power trip there.' He obviously feels pretty important sitting up in the chair. He was just terrible. I thought the way he handled the match was just bad.'

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