Nick Kyrgios defaulted from Italian Open after hurling chair across tribunal


Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud at the Foro Italico and had levelled the match at one set all after losing the opener.

After Ruud broke back to make it 1-1 in the determine set, Kyrgios was given a game penalty, apparently for swearing at a line judge, and promptly erupted. He slammed down his racket, kicked a water bottle and hurled a chair on to the court.

The umpire called the referee to court but, before he could be officially defaulted, Kyrgios told the crowd, “I’m done”, packed up his purse and strolled off, to loud whistlings and derisions. Ruud was resulting 6-3, 6-7 ,( 5 ), 2-1 and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.

Kyrgios later wrote on Instagram:” Very eventful day to say the least. Emotions got the better of me and I just wanted to say that the atmosphere was crazy out there today, just super unfortunate that it had to end in a default. Sorry Roma, see you again, maybe .”

Kyrgios will lose his EUR3 3,635 euros in prize money from the tournament and 45 ATP phases. He was also fined EUR2 0,000 for the three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties he received during the match and must cover the cost of his hospitality during the tournament. The 24 -year-old was given a ban by the ATP in 2016 after strolling off court midway through a match against Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters and may well find himself suspended again.

Ruud said the fines and docked phases this time were not sufficient penalty and called for Kyrgios to be banned for six months or longer. Roger Federer, though, thinks Kyrgios has already been given an appropriate penalty.” I don’t think he should be suspended ,” the Swiss said.” He walked off the court. What did he do? He hurt a chair? That’s not enough for me. I don’t know if he’s on probation or not from his Shanghai thing. If that’s the case, then obviously you can maybe taken into consideration it. If that’s run its course, I don’t think he should be suspended .”

Kyrgios’s antics came merely 24 hours after he laid into the sport’s biggest stars in an interview on the No Challenges Remaining podcast, saying he” could not stand” Novak Djokovic and calling Rafael Nadal” super salty “.

Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, meanwhile, each won twice to reaching the quarter-finals after Wednesday’s rain had backed up play. Federer beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3, then he saved two match point as he rallied past Borna Coric 2-6, 6-4, 7-6( 7 ). Nadal, eight periods the champ here, cruised past Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-1 then speedily dispatched Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-0. Djokovic eliminated Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3 and rolled past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-0.

Against Federer, Coric missed forehands into the net on both of his match points in the tiebreaker. Federer converted his second match point when he forced Coric to make a difficult, low volley into the net. The 22 -year-old Coric was playing his only match of the day and seemed fresher than the 37 -year-old Federer at times. Coric won more points than Federer, 107 -9 5, but the Swiss came out on top where reference is counted.

” It’s nice to get lucky sometimes ,” Federer said.” The ambiance was fantastic. People were going crazy . … I dedicated him a chance to win it and he didn’t so I took it at the end .” Federer will next face either local hope Fabio Fognini or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco spend virtually five hours on court over six sets to get by Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov and reach the last eight.

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