Tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios has attracted criticism for launching expletive-laden tirades at fans, while also hammering ball kids, line officials and the umpire, during his five-set thriller at Melbourne Park on Sunday night.
The 19-year-old Canberran beat Italian Andreas Seppi to become the youngest Australian Open men’s quarter-finalist in almost a quarter of a century and the first local to reach the final eight since Lleyton Hewitt a decade ago.
But his on-court attitude has drawn the ire of social media users, particularly after he swore at members of the crowd, including one person using their mobile phone.
“Get off your f—ing phone,” he yelled, during the crucial fourth set.
Kyrgios has already been fined $4926 for racquet abuse and audible obscenities during his first-round match last Monday.
He could be fined again because his expletive outburst was heard by television viewers.
His temper boiled over at the end of the second set when he slammed his racquet into the ground, nearly breaking it in two.
But Kyrgios, who has become the poster boy of the Australian Open, recovered to defeat Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 8-6 in three hours and 34 minutes, with a new racquet in hand.
Despite his stellar comeback, many were unimpressed with his attitude.
“I know there’s a lot of pressure, but screaming at the ball boys / girls for your towel isn’t cool,” @Waverley73 tweeted. I know there’s a lot of pressure but screaming at the ball boys / girls for your towel isn’t cool #AusOpen#Kyrgios — Glen (@Waverley73) January 25, 2015#Kyrgios has a LOT of growing up to do. And if the crowd’s blind nationalism keeps up, he may never. An embarrassment to the game. #ausopen — David Lees (@davdlees) January 25, 2015 Tuesday Night #Kyrgios vs #Murray . So many names for this match up come to mind. The Battletude,War of Whingers,The Complainers Crusade…. — Lukas Vandenbergh (@lukasvdb10) January 25, 2015#Kyrgios and #Murray to go head to head. On that note, it’ll be interesting to see who throws the bigger tantrum. #AusOpen#tantrumtennis — Natalie Aoun (@spoonofaoun) January 25, 2015 If #Kyrgios can learn to turn his passionate aggression into something constructive he’ll be unstoppable!! Still This #Kyrgios kid is fun to watch but holy shit he’s a psycho…. @AustralianOpen — Wade Davidson (@Wade_davidson10) January 25, 2015 I now like #Kyrgios simply because the public do not, he is my second fav behind #tomic#notjoking#AusOpen2015 — Dominic McCarthy (@dominicmccarthy) January 25, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.