Nick Kyrgios is branded an ‘absolute k***’ with the ‘maturity of a 10-year-old’ by opponent Michael Venus after Aussie hit a child with a wayward shot, rowed with the umpire and whipped up abusive crowd during doubles win at the Australian Open
- Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won through to doubles semi-finals
- But the Australian pair’s antics didn’t go down well with their beaten opponent
- Michael Venus said Kyrgios was ‘an absolute k***’ who turned game into ‘circus’
- ‘Special K’ pair have specialised in whipping up the partisan Melbourne crowd
- But Venus, from New Zealand, said he and his German partner were abused
- Kyrgios also hit a child in the stomach with an angry shot after losing a point
Nick Kyrgios has been described as ‘an absolute k***’ with the ‘maturity level of a 10-year-old’ by a defeated opponent after his latest doubles appearance at the Australian Open turned into a ‘circus’.
Michael Venus, who played alongside Tim Putz and lost a thrilling three-set doubles match to home favourites Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Melbourne Slam, was not at all happy with his antics.
Kyrgios blasted a wild and unnecessary shot into the crowd which hit a child in the stomach before running over and giving him a racquet by means of apology.
Nick Kyrgios has been described as an ‘absolute k***’ with the ‘maturity of a 10-year-old’
Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis have reached Australian Open semi-finals
But their beaten quarter-final opponent Michael Venus wasn’t impressed by his antics
The pair have specialised in whipping up the partisan home crowd during their doubles matches but Venus wasn’t impressed by the abuse he received as a result.
‘It felt like a circus out there, and not really a tennis match,’ Venus told 1News.
‘Between serves, [they were] geeing the crowd up and getting them to cheer at times like that. I don’t think that’s really on.
‘You know, if it’s on the other foot, old mate [Kyrgios] would have flipped his lid.
‘He already did get mad there by himself. It’s amazing, he can smash a ball out that hits a kid and just because he gives them a racquet afterwards people can say he is such a good guy.
The ‘Special K’ combination have made an art out of whipping up the boisterous crowd
Kyrgios and Venus both had screaming matches with the female chair umpire, with the Aussie saying ‘you have no idea what you’re doing’ before smashing his racquet
‘Anytime you were going back to get the balls to serve, people were making comments about yourself, your family.
‘On the maturity side, you see why he has never fulfilled his potential and probably never will. His maturity level, it is probably being generous to [say] about a 10-year-old, it’s at about that level.
‘The amount of messages I got from people, an extreme amount, way, way more than I’ve ever had but then a lot of messages from people saying how embarrassed they were with the crowd’s behaviour and they’re sorry, it shouldn’t have been like that.
‘They will always be his supporters and he’ll spin it in a way that helps him, but at the end of the day he’s an absolute k***.’
Nick Kyrgios accidentally hit a child in the crowd with a tennis ball, leaving him in tears
The boy burst into tears in attendance after being smashed with a rogue Kyrgios shot
Kyrgios and his close friend Kokkinakis, nicknamed ‘Special K’, made it into the men’s doubles semi-finals with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 win over New Zealand’s Venus and German partner Putz on the Show Court Arena on Tuesday.
Afterwards, a pumped up Kyrgios said: ‘I’m not finished, I want to win this f***ing thing.’
Kokkinakis then added: ‘Hopefully Craig [Tiley, the tournament director] is watching and keeps us on this court. The rowdier the better. Sink p*** and come in.’
The crowd repeatedly jeered Venus and Putz when they won points and at one stage Kyrgios told the female chair umpire ‘you have no idea what you’re doing’ before smashing his racquet.
During the match, Kyrgios accidentally hit nine-year-old Fin Crane in the stomach after lashing out after missing an easy shot, leaving him in tears.
Kyrgios held his hand over his mouth after he realised what had happened, raised his hand in apology and later went over to give the youngster his racquet.
‘It hit me in the stomach and it did hurt,’ Fin told Today Show viewers in Australia.
‘Giving me his bat (racquet) made me feel a lot better, he (Kyrgios) is now my favourite player.’