Australia's Nick Kyrgios is under fire for his antics at the Shanghai Masters.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios is under fire for his antics at the Shanghai Masters. Koji Sasahara

Nick Kyrgios: a history of tantrums

IT WAS an inglorious display from Nick Kyrgios at the Shanghai Masters.

But we've been down this road before when it comes to the superbrat.


Kyrgios appeared to call umpire Mohammed Lahyani "dirty scum” under his breath during his first-round clash at Wimbledon.

But later Kyrgios claimed "it was towards myself”, before adding "it wouldn't bother me one bit” if he was fined.


Just days later, in the second round at the All-England Club, after Kyrgios brought complaints from a line judge for obscenities, he took aim at the official, Ali Nili, asking, "Does it feel good to be in the chair up there? Does it feel strong to be up there?”

Kyrgios didn't back down from the comments during his post-match presser, saying: "I just thought he thought he was top dog in the chair really.”


Having won through to the last 16 at Wimbledon for the second successive year, Kyrgios faced Richard Gasquet but gave up several points on the Frenchman's serve to face allegations of tanking.

"Of course I tried,” he told the post-match press conference. "There was a lot of ups and downs. It was a tough, tough time, especially when he's not missing any balls ... I feel as if I'm playing not how I should be playing. I'm angry at myself.”


Making his first appearance after his Wimbledon drama, Kyrgios stepped out for Australia in a Davis Cup tie, but during his first singles match against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan, would cry "I don't want to be here”.

Kyrgios would go on and lose the match in Darwin 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and after shaking the hand of his opponent and the umpire, smashed his racquet against a courtside box.


Kyrgios turned to Twitter in support of compatriot Bernard Tomic, after Tennis Australia performance director Pat Rafter was quoted as saying "it's about opportunity, not entitlement” when discussing Tomic.

"Another negative comment out of Rafters mouth. Does this guy ever stop? #everyoneisaworkinprogress,” he tweeted before deleting his post.


During a second-round defeat at the Montreal Masters to Stan Wawrinka, Kyrgios was picked up by a courtside microphone telling his opponent: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.”

During his post-match interview on-court, Kyrgios defended his actions: "He was getting a bit lippy with me. (It was) kind of in the heat of the moment. I don't know. I just said it.”


On his way to a first-round win at the French Open, Kyrgios was hit with a code violation by chair umpire Carlos Ramos for shouting too loudly when requesting a towel from a ball boy. Kyrgios responded with: "A code violation for saying towel loud? Now I've seen it all. That's bulls***.”

Kyrgios also claimed "unbelievable bias” after world No.1 Novak Djokovic escaped without sanction despite grabbing the arm of umpire Carlos Bernardes and pushing him away. "I think we all know in this room if that was me that did that, it would be an absolute circus,” Kyrgios said.


Kyrgios was fined $3360 for using a swear word during his first-round win over Radek Stepanek at Wimbledon. After losing the third set tie-break, Kyrgios shouted at his box "get out, get out, I'm serious, get out” before receiving the code violation from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani. His ire then turned to Lahyani, repeatedly shouting at him: "What did I say? What did I say?”

Kyrgios would cop a $5370 fine for again swearing in his second-round win over Dustin Brown - a match in which he would tell chair umpire Jake Garner that he had done a "horrible job”. He would later take umbrage with journalists questioning him about his antics.


On the eve of his first-round match at the US Open, Kyrgios was asked by one of his Twitter followers if tennis players were allowed to smoke marijuana on tour. Kyrgios offered up a simple "yep”.

A WADA spokesman later confirmed that while marijuana "is a prohibited substance for in-competition testing, it has never been prohibited out-of-competition”.


Days after winning his third ATP title of the year in Japan, Kyrgios was accused of unprofessional behaviour by chair umpire Ali Nili in a second-round loss to Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.

He argued with spectators, received a code violation for swearing and walked to the change of ends before one of his opponent's serves even landed, leading to Nilli telling Kyrgios: "You can't play like that, OK? That's not professional ... this is a professional tournament, we have to act professional and play with your best effort the whole time.”

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