Nick Kyrgios smashed two rackets, cursed at umpire in another epic meltdown

Nick Kyrgios smashed two rackets, cursed at umpire in another epic meltdown

Kyrgios could face a hefty punishment from the ATP after multiple offenses.

"That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension", the game's governing body said in a statement on Thursday.

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios had a costly outburst on Wednesday night at the Cincinnati Masters that involved him destroying two tennis rackets in the locker room.

He became obsessed with the issue, repeatedly calling Murphy a "potato" and labelling him a "disgrace" and the "worst ref in the world".

The Aussie followed that up by taking a toilet break despite Murphy declining his request and subsequently smashing two racquets in a tantrum in the tunnel captured by cameras.

Kyrgios lost the match relatively quickly after that but wasn't done with his antics, after shaking hands with his opponent he spat at the chair umpire and left the court still firing obscenities at Murphy.

Kyrgios calmly held his own at the start of the final set, producing a hold which featured three aces.

"We haven't heard the end of this and from what he did at the end was quite frankly, truly disgusting and a big fine for Kyrgios", a commentator said.

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Khachanov won the drama-filled encounter 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 and advanced into the next round.

German legend Boris Becker said he was saddened by Kyrgios's behaviour. "The worst, hands down, every single time I play, he's doing some stupid shit, every time".

Officials defaulted the match and handed the win to Ruud.

The Australian clashed with umpire Fergus Murphy, with whom he has a long history of on-court animosity.

Despite the fact that he did not cop a time violation, Kyrgios became furious at Murphy, starting a running commentary on his umpiring as the second set progressed towards a tiebreaker.

It was another ride on the Kyrgios roller coaster, mixing sublime tennis and some on-court humor with swearing and berating of the umpire, smashed rackets and a collapse from a winning position. Every time, yeah? That's hilarious bro.

Unsure what to do, Khachanov held off until Kyrgios was ready.

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