Nick Kyrgios came into the public limelight again after being disqualified from his Italian Open match with Casper Ruud. The 24-year-old Greek Australian tennis player kicked the turf in disgust before launching a chair onto the court after receiving a game penalty in the final set of his last-32 clash with Ruud.
The player had levelled the match at 1-1 after losing the first set and was reportedly handed the game penalty for penalty.
Kyrgios later took to Instagram: “Very eventful day to say the least. Emotions got the better of me and I just wanted to say that the atmosphere was crazy out there today, just super unfortunate that it had to end in a default. Sorry Roma, see you again, maybe.”
Kyrgios came out of the tournament losing his €33,635 euros in prize money as well as 45 ATP points. This was all topped off with an additional €20,000 for the three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. He is also now required to cover the cost of his hospitality during the tournament.