Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios leaves tennis fans in stitches as he orders a mate’s girlfriend ‘out of his box’ during Australian Open match – before the local hero storms to victory in first-round match
- Nick Kyrgios made bizarre demand early in Australian Open first round match
- Pointed at entourage in player’s box and ordered someone’s girlfriend to leave
- Through to the second round after straight set win against Frederico Ferreira
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is through to the second round of the Australian Open but not without an early controversy.
The Australian star currently ranked 47th in the world beat Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira in straight sets on John Cain Arena, his favourite court at Melbourne Park on Monday night.
It didn’t take long for Kyrgios to spark controversy when he made an bizarre request to the entourage in his player’s box early in the first set when he was down 2-0.
‘Tell your girlfriend out of my box,’ a fired up Kyrgios ordered.
Nick Kyrgios made a bizarre request to someone in his player’s box (pictured) on Monday night. Pictured are his father Giorgos, sister Halimah, Alicia Gowans and his brother Christos, who’s the partner of Ms Gowans
A fired up Nick Kyrgios (pictured) is through to the second round of another Australian Open
Kyrgios was seen having a a long conversation with one of his managers afterwards during the change of ends.
It’s unclear who the comment was directed towards but world champion bodybuilder Alicia Gowans, the girlfriend of Kygrios’ brother Christos was in the player’s box.
Ms Gowans is a three time World Fitness Federation world champion and sports nutritionist with 471,000 Instagram followers.
The other woman in the box was Kyrgios’ sister Halimah.
There was no sign of Kyrgios’ own girlfriend Chiara Passari.
Alicia Gowans (pictured), the girlfriend of Kygrios’ brother Christos is a three time World Fitness Federation world champion
Kyrgios fought back to win the first set 6-4 and won the following sets by the same scoreline.
Kyrgios has played just four matches since he bowed out in the fourth round of last year’s Australian Open against world number two Rafael Nadal.
He joins four fellow Australians who progressed to the second round on day one, including Bernard Tomic after his Japanese opponent Yuichi Sugita retired hurt while down 4-1 in the third set.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) fought back from 2-0 early one to win the first set 6-4 and the second set by the same scoreline
The bizarre request to his entourage during the opening stages sent social media into meltdown after it was picked up by television cameras broadcasting live.
‘Never a dull moment,’ one fan quipped.
Another added: ‘Yeah, could someone tell her, because she’s bringing him bad luck.’
Others were quick to jump to his defence.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured) gestures to the crowd during his first round clash at John Cain Arena
‘It’s called banter, give him a break,’ one fan commented.
Another added: ‘Absolute legend. King Kyrgios.’