SBS Radio App

Download the FREE SBS Radio App for a better listening experience

  • Nick Kyrgios' latest brush with officialdom has ruled him out of Newcombe Medal contention again. (AAP) (EPA)Source: EPA
At least we all know where we stand with Nick Kyrgios, writes David McPherson.
21 Oct 2016 - 12:12 PM  UPDATED 21 Oct 2016 - 12:13 PM

It’s always the most calm just before the storm hits and as the last edition of Headlines You Missed predicted, things were travelling just a little too well for Nick Kyrgios.

The statement that his Japan Open win would silence the doubters for only a couple of days proved to be uncomfortably correct as the human headline was back doing what he does best this week (being a lightning rod for widespread criticism).

1.       I was saying Boo-urns

Kyrgios was booed off the court in his second round match-up at the Shanghai Masters against Mischa Zverev. The polarising Aussie was heckled by fans as he threw away points on his way to crashing out of the tournament 6-3, 6-1 to the 110th ranked German.

The on-court scenes were ugly for Kyrgios so let’s just hope for his sake that at least some of the crowd was saying boo-urns.


2.       Tanks for Nothing, Nick

Well, at least we know where we stand. Nick Kyrgios doesn’t care about us, and doesn’t want us to care about him.

When asked whether he owed the fans a better effort after his on-court implosion, he made it very clear that he is totally ignorant of how he came to be in his privileged position.

“I don’t owe them anything. If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come. Just leave,” he said.

Sorry Nick, but the only reason professional sport exists is because of the commercial revenue derived from television advertisements, sponsors and gate takings.

Without fan interest in tennis, you wouldn’t even have a microphone to speak into. If you can’t play the sport without completely disrespecting the people who paid money to watch you, maybe professional tennis is not for you.

3.       Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself


To borrow a line from Ron Weasley, Kyrgios needs to sort out his priorities.

Tennis’ livewire has pulled out of next year’s ATP event in Rotterdam so that he can step onto the hardwood at the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

Add that to his admissions that he plays Pokemon Go more than he trains, that he probably won’t see a psychologist to reduce his eight week ban and his recent series of questionable tweets and you have to ask the question.

Does Nick Kyrgios really want to play tennis?