Kyrgios throws table before walking off in Rome

Carrie Guzman
May 18, 2019

Controversial tennis ace Nick Kyrgios is once again in the headlines after the Australian was disqualified from the Italian Open on Thursday for launching a chair onto the court and storming off during his match with Casper Ruud.

World number 36 Kyrgios labelled the French Open champion "super salty" - slang for someone who is aggressive or ill-humoured - and only gracious after victory.

As he continued his complaints, Kyrgios packed up his equipment and walked off, though not before shaking hands with both his opponent and the chair umpire.

Kyrgios" antics came only 24 hours after he laid into the sport's biggest stars in an interview on the No Challenges Remaining podcast, saying he "could not stand' Novak Djokovic and calling Rafael Nadal "super salty".

The Norwegian qualifier was leading 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 2-1 at the time and Kyrgios, frustrated at losing a point on serve, received a warning for ball abuse.

Kyrgios also revealed that he now gets on with Swiss major victor Stan Wawrinka, but still considers the "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledging scandal to be "hilarious", although he says he would never do it again.

"No matter how many grand slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me simply because I've played him twice and, I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're not the greatest of all time". "Then he was getting more and more angry".

"I came out of the blocks well", Federer said.

"He just wants to be Federer". That's not enough for me'.

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Pochettino has also been a target for both Manchester United and Real Madrid , and has hinted he could leave if his side win the Champions League .

Toni Nadal feels the men's tour has profoundly discussed Nick Kyrgios and his tennis, and they perceive him as a player who plays a good game.

He said: "The first thing that comes to mind is the greatest of all time, for me. Rafa gets me vexed, as well". He was fined $12,500 and given a suspended 28-day ban.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who is president of the ATP player council, said he had "no opinion" on whether Kyrgios should be suspended.

"It kills me. He just rubs me the wrong way".

The 37-year-old fan favourite Federer rolled back the years to beat Sousa 6-3 6-4 in the morning before staging a gritty comeback to edge Coric after saving two match points in the third-set tiebreak.

There's also bound to be no love lost if Kyrgios runs into 11-times French Open champion Nadal in Paris.

Kyrgios also called fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis his "brother", said Federer was the undisputed G.O.A.T.

Having angrily hurled his racket to the floor he threw the fold-up chair onto the playing surface and then went into an expletive-filled rant, shouting at the chair: 'I am giving 100 per cent to deal with f****** idiots like him, I'm done.

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