KYRGIOS DEFAULTS IN FIT OF RaGE
Nick Kyrgios walked off the court in a fit of rage after throwing a chair at the Italian Open in Rome and was defaulted Thursday from his second-round match. First, Kyrgios kicked a water bottle in his match against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud. Then he picked up a chair and flung it onto the court with his right hand. Before he was defaulted, Kyrgios received a warning for ball abuse, then was docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct and lost a game for more unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios, who has a history of bad behaviour, was suspended by the ATP Tour in 2016 for “tanking ” a match and insulting fans during a loss at the Shanghai Masters. The men’s tour said Kyrgios will lose his US$33,635 in prize money from the tournament and 45 ATP points, adding there will likely be further punishment pending an investigation.