Twenty-year-old Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was knocked out of Wimbledon in the fourth round Monday when he seemingly melted down in the middle of the match against Richard Gasquet.
Early in the second set, Kyrgios was serving, down 1-0, when he was given a code violation by umpire James Keothavong for cursing. Kyrgios was up 40-30 in the game, but went on to lose it with a double fault on game point.
After he lost the game he gave a mocking thumbs up to the umpire, and preceded to tank the next game in a fit of rage. He legitimately didn’t even try.
“Now what is that about? In tennis terms, that is tanking,” the BBC commentator said.
At 0-0 he didn’t try to return Gasquet’s serve:
At 15-0 he just tapped it into the net:
At 30-0 he walked to the other side of the court:
At game point he just hit it into the net and took a seat:
Later, in between games, Kyrgios and Keothavong got into an argument when Kyrgios took too long changing his socks. According to BBC’s Chris Bevan, Kyrgios shouted:
“I’ve taken one pair off. I’ve got two on and I’m taking one pair off. I’m staying on the court. If you’re going to get angry with me for that, that’s another level. Mate, Rafa (Rafael Nadal) and stuff play 30 seconds in between points every time and all I’m doing is putting my sock back on.”
Amazingly, Kyrgios actually recovered after this. In the third set he perked up, and even hugged a ball boy:
He won that set, but lost the match 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (8-6).
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