Australia’s most controversial tennis player Nick Kyrgios has been branded a ‘foul-mouthed little brat’ by veteran sports journalist Tony Jones, after his on-court dummy spit at the Miami Open.
The Channel Nine sports presenter is calling for the world number 33 to be banned for three months following his meltdown which saw him break his racquet and swear at the umpire.
The 23-year-old was playing a doubles match alongside American Taylor Fritz in Miami on Sunday, when the pair was defeated by Portugal’s Joao Sousa and Argentina’s Guido Pell 10-8 in a nail biting third set tiebreak.
Nick Kyrgios lashed out the chair umpire and broke his racquet during a nailbiting loss with doubles partner American Taylor Fritz against Joao Sousa and Guido Pella over the weekend
Kyrgios was unhappy with a number of calls during the match, and lashed out at the umpire after the final point.
‘What the f*** is wrong with you? You’re a disgrace. Absolute f***ing disgrace,’ Kyrgios yelled at the umpire, before smashing his racquet and continuing his rant in the direction of spectators in the stands.
‘Do you think that’s alright, yes or no?,’ he complained to the crowd.
‘Just give me the answer. He’s a disgrace.’
‘I come out and give 100 per cent and I have to deal with idiots like him. Does he get fined for his mistakes? It’s rubbish, man.’
Tony Jones took aim at Kyrgios on the Today show on Monday, saying the tennis bad boy needed to be sidelined by the ATP Tour.
‘Really ugly stuff again from Kyrgios… I mean, how many second chances do you give this kid?’, Jones asked.
‘But bottom line is, he’s a foul-mouthed little brat and I just think, no more second chances. He should be banned for three months on the back of that.’
Later on, Kyrgios calmed down as he took to Twitter to make fun of himself while sharing footage of himself falling over and losing his racquet during the loss.
‘Hahahahaha I’m a giraffe sorry @Taylor_Fritz97 but my brother got my back,’ he tweeted in reference to his doubles partner.
His latest outburst hasn’t gone down well with many fans on social media.
‘Nick Kyrgios is such a horrible human being that deserves no sympathy from anyone,’ one fan posted.
Kyrgios and Fritz lost a tight third set tiebreak to go down 6-7 7-6 6-7 to bow out of the doubles draw at the tournament
Another added: ‘One step forward, five steps back. Big fine expected for that abuse of an official and racquet abuse.
Kyrgios is no stranger to punishment issued by the ATP, in 2015 he was handed a 28-day suspension after his infamous Rogers Cup sledge of Stan Warwinka where he told his opponent ‘Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.’
The Aussie – who is known for his on-court tirades – was fined $16,500 in 2016 for ‘lack of best efforts’ in a Shanghai Masters match against Mischa Zverev, where he was accused of throwing the match on purpose.
Just three months into 2019, Kyrgios has already sparked plenty of controversy this year.
It started at the Australian Open in January, when he took a swipe at Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt on social media.
‘What the f— is wrong with you? You’re a disgrace. Absolute f—ing disgrace,’ Kyrgios yelled at the umpire, before smashing his racquet and continuing his rant in the direction of fans
He lashed out at jeering fans during a drama-filled quarter final showdown at the Mexican Open earlier this month.
The public spat occurred just two days after he sparked a war of words with world number two Rafael Nadal when the defeated Spaniard said Kyrgios needed to show more respect to himself, his opponents and the crowd.
A week after his Mexico Open meltdown, Kyrgios smashed his racquet on court and hurled his shoes mid-match into the crowd at the Indian Wells.
Kyrgios remained in the singles draw, where he’s seeded 27th.
He defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to progress to the fourth round, where he will play Croatia’s Borna Coric.
Veteran sports reporter Tony Jones unloaded on Kyrgios on the TODAY Show, saying the 23-year-old Aussie needed to be sidelined by the ATP Tour