Boy smashed in the stomach by Nick Kyrgios’ tennis ball says it really HURT


Young boy left in tears after he was smashed in the stomach by a Nick Kyrgios tennis ball reveals his injuries and how he REALLY feels about the superstar now

  • Fin Crane, 9, was a spectator at the Australian Open on Tuesday in Melbourne
  • Youngster was struck by a stray tennis ball in shock incident on John Cain Arena
  • Nick Kyrgios then ensured the shaken youngster was OK, gave him his racquet
  • Kyygios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have won through to semi-finals in doubles


The youngster who copped an accidental tennis ball to the stomach from Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open has revealed it was ‘quite a shock’.

Speaking to The Today Show on Wednesday, Fin Crane, 9, confirmed the ball thumped into his chest and ‘really hurt.’

The pint-sized tennis fan has forgiven Kyrgios, who was playing a doubles quarter-final with Thanasi Kokkinakis on John Cain Arena against New Zealand’s Michael Venus and Germany’s Tim Puetz on Tuesday.

Perhaps sensing they could be defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct, Krygios immediately apologised before handing one of his tennis racquets to a shaken and visibly upset Fin as a peace offering.

The move paid off, with Fin stating the Canberra born on-court entertainer is now his sporting hero.

The youngster who copped an accidental tennis ball to the stomach from Nick Kyrgios (pictured) at the Australian Open has revealed it was ‘quite a shock’

Fin Crane (pictured right) told viewers on the Today Show the ball thumping into his chest 'really hurt'

Fin Crane (pictured right) told viewers on the Today Show the ball thumping into his chest ‘really hurt’

Krygios immediately apologised following the incident before handing one of his tennis racquets (pictured) to a visibly upset Fin as a peace offering

Krygios immediately apologised following the incident before handing one of his tennis racquets (pictured) to a visibly upset Fin as a peace offering

‘It hit me in the stomach and it did hurt,’ Fin told Today Show viewers as he pointed to where the ball hit him.

‘Giving me his bat (racquet) made me feel a lot better, he (Kyrgios) is now my favourite player.’

The drama started when Krygios let his frustrations get the better of him.

Reacting to a let call from the chair umpire on a Kokkinakis serve in the fourth game of the opening set, Kyrgios smashed the ball straight into the ground.

Hit with such velocity, it bounced into the stand and hit young Fin, leaving the boy in tears.

Kyrgios was shocked by what unfolded, covering his mouth as cameras turned to show Fin in pain and shock – while clutching the ball in his hand.

After beating Venus and Puetz across three pulsating sets, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis next face third seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers on Thursday for a spot in the men’s doubles final.

Matches featuring the ‘Special K’s’ have lit up the tournament so far, with Kyrgios and Kokkinakis relishing the combined spotlight at Melbourne Park.

They make no apologies for whipping crowds into a frenzy at every opportunity, and are adamant the boisterous scenes help them on court.

‘When we walk through that tunnel, there is no feeling like it. We don’t want anything else. This is perfect,’ Kokkinakis said on Tuesday.

‘I haven’t played in a doubles match, even a singles match with this kind of atmosphere. Hopefully (tournament director) Craig (Tiley) keeps us on this court. 

‘The rowdier the better.’

Matches featuring the 'Special K's' have lit up the tournament so far, with Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis relishing the combined spotlight at Melbourne Park

Matches featuring the ‘Special K’s’ have lit up the tournament so far, with Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis relishing the combined spotlight at Melbourne Park

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis next face third seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers on Thursday for a spot in the men's doubles final

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis next face third seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers on Thursday for a spot in the men’s doubles final

They make no apologies for whipping crowds into a frenzy (pictured) at every opportunity, and are adamant the boisterous scenes help them on court at the Australian Open

They make no apologies for whipping crowds into a frenzy (pictured) at every opportunity, and are adamant the boisterous scenes help them on court at the Australian Open

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