Nick Kyrgios hits out at Stuttgart crowd for racial abuse amid loss to Andy Murray
Australian tennis superstar Nick Kyrgios took to his official Instagram account on Saturday night, following his Stuttgart Open semi-final loss to Andy Murray, and said he had been the victim of racist abuse from the part of the crowd during the game. The 27-year-old was given a penalty point for breaking his racket at the end of the first set tiebreaker and a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second set. The game penalty came following the action of Kyrgios approaching the crowd and appearing to ask, “What did you say?”.
Kyrgios was then seen sitting down and not continuing the match until he spoke to the Stuttgart Open supervisor. Meanwhile, lashing out at the crowd on his Instagram Stories, the 27-year-old said: ‘When is this going to stop? Dealing with racial slurs from the crowd? I understand my behavior isn’t the best all the time – but “little black sheep” “shut up and play around” comments like this are not acceptable. When I retaliate to the crowd, I am penalized. It’s messed up.
Andy Murray will face Matteo Berrettini, after his victory against Nick Kyrgios
Meanwhile, courtesy of the triumph over the Australian tennis star, Murray will contest his first grass-court singles final since winning the Wimbledon Championship in 2016. The three-time Grand Slam champion will now face second-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini. series. the Stuttgart final on Sunday. The Briton beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals on Friday, which was his first victory in six years, against an opponent who is in the top 5 of the ATP singles rankings.
A look at Nick Kyrgios’ Stuttgart Open campaign
Kyrgios, meanwhile, began his Stuttgart Open campaign by claiming a 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Czech tennis player Jiri Lehecka in the round of 16. He then beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in the round of 16. He fought his way to the semi-finals after beating Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics with an unsurprising quarter-final win.
It wasn’t the first time Kyrgios had come to light for a controversial affair, as he previously made headlines in his BNP Paribas Open semi-final match against Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal for throwing his racquet in frustration and nearly hitting a ball boy on the court. . However, he then took to his official Twitter account and informed him that he had found the ball boy and demanded an apology from him.