Nick Kyrgios was booed off the court in Acapulco, Mexico on Wednesday after retiring with an injury, and the Aussie tennis star really wasn’t happy.
The star dropped an expletive filled rant, abusing the crowd’s “disrespectful” reaction after he tried withdrew due to a wrist injury.
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Throughout the match, Kyrgios was troubled by the injury and was rolled 6-3 in the first set to Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
The sixth seed and defending champion had a medical time-out throughout the match to get his wrist taped and never looked comfortable with the injury.
While Kyrgios puts bums on seats, the crowd were merciless.
“A little unfair of the fans to react like this if he really is injured,” one of the commentators said. “I’m sure he wouldn’t have pulled out if he wasn’t, defending champion.”
The loss sees Kyrgios drop 500 rankings points and will, at best, be ranked 38th at the end of the week.
Kyrgios’ wrist was clearly bothering him.Source:AP
The 24-year-old erupted over the reaction in the press conference.
“I couldn’t give a f***. I literally couldn’t give a f***,” he said.
“I’m not healthy. I tried to come here, I tried to play.
“I’ve been doing media for the tournament, I’ve been helping out. I tried to play, I tried to give the fans a little bit of tennis.
“They’re disrespectful, so I honestly couldn’t give a f***.”
The recurring wrist injury also forced Kyrgios to withdraw from tournaments in New York and Delray Beach earlier this month.
But Kyrgios also wasn’t done, sending Mexican fans a parting message in an Instagram story.
Tell us how you really feel Nick!Source:Instagram
It’s a good swipe from Kyrgios with the top Mexican player in the mens Gerardo Lopez Villasenor, ranked 518th in the world, and Marcela Zacarias, ranked 256 in the women’s.
Sometimes the truth hurts.
Kyrgios was able to put his difficulties in perspective however, pointing to the aftermath of the bushfires back in Australia.
“It’s tough, I’m injured, but people with the fires lost their lives, lost their homes,” he said.
“I’ve got a sore left wrist. It doesn’t even compare to what’s going on back home.
“Hopefully I’ll take a week off and I’ll be right for Indian Wells and Miami and I’ll try to come back.
“As of now, I can’t play. He’s a great player, he’s young, he’s coming up, he’s had a great couple of weeks.
“I’m not healthy enough to go out there and compete and win matches like that at this stage.”
Tennis fans lashed the Mexican crowd.
I'm a long way from Kyrgios's biggest fan, but this is shite from the crowd https://t.co/UvNPuFHtYM— Jon Healy (@JonHealy) February 26, 2020
Super classy from Mexican tennis fans.... #Kyrgioshttps://t.co/VwOn3I2jtH— Paul Johnson (@pjohnson_sports) February 26, 2020
Kyrgios says he did everything possible to recover from his wrist injury.— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 26, 2020
Possibly decided to give it a try because he had 500 points to defend, 35% of his ranking points. https://t.co/BvVOOkWM3b
Wasn’t a comfortable night for Kyrgios.Source:AP
Not everyone was on Kyrgios’ side though, with Adelaide’s FIVEaa sports show co-host Stephen Rowe taking aim.
On Thursday’s episode of FIVEaa breakfast show David & Will, Rowe cast doubt on Kyrgios’ injury and said he wasn’t going to play in the Davis Cup.
“If he’s injured I’ll walk to China backwards, fair dinkum. A wrist injury, c’mon, please,” he told the program.
“I was told the other day he won’t be here in Adelaide for the Davis Cup. I hope I’m wrong. I hope the person that told me is wrong. I hope he comes here.
“He loves playing for the Davis Cup. I think that was the turning point of his warmth and season this year when he came and represented Australia under Lleyton Hewitt. He clearly loves that team environment.
“I hope he’s OK. I hope the wrist isn’t that bad and away he goes. But fair dinkum, it happens too often for this to be a fluke … he tanks game, he’s admitted he tanks games.”