Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is causing controversy again at the Cincinnati Masters.
The 23-year-old is never far away from causing a stir and in both of his games at the ongoing tournament he has been the centre of attention.
In his first round match against Denis Kudla, Kyrgios actually forgot his tennis shoes!
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Kyrgios always walks onto court in basketball shoes, before putting on his tennis ones ahead of the match, but after rummaging around in his bag he realised he had forgotten them
Luckily a member of his entourage was on hand to dash into the locker room, find the trainers and bring them down – Kyrgios eventually won the match.
And his second round match was another controversial affair, with Kyrgios admitting to ‘tanking’ during the second set of his game with Borna Coric.
After winning the first set 7-6.- including a dominant 7-1 tiebreak win – Kyrgios found himself 4-0 down in the second set, and decided that he did not want to put in any effort for the remainder of the set.
He could be heard telling his team that they will ‘never see a bigger tank than in the next three games’, before chatting with the crowd too, telling them that ‘anybody can be a referee.’
Kyrgios went on to win the third set and progress to the third round, somewhat justifying the decision in his mind.
“The second set, when I was 4-0 down, I knew there was no real point going out there and competing and obviously waste energy trying to battle back,” he told reporters.
“I knew at 4-0, if I lost the set 6-0, I was going to be serving first in the third set. I think I carried a lot of momentum from the first game, and it ended up being a smart move.”
“I knew I was always going to compete in the third set.”