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Controversy magnet Nick Kyrgios tells ball boy to ‘run properly’ as his great grass court run ends

Controversy magnet Nick Kyrgios tells ball boy to ‘run well’ in bizarre outburst as his stellar run of lawn form ends in loss, leaving him into Wimbledon without placing

  • Nick Kyrgios exploded on the pitch aiming for a ball boy’s running style
  • His Halle Open run was a reminder of how dangerous he can be on grass
  • The Canberran heads to the Mallorca Open for its Wimbledon campaign

Outspoken star Nick Kyrgios has told a ball boy to correct his running style after the young man supposedly kicked him out of his game at the Halle Open in Germany on Saturday.

Kyrgios went down 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 to Polish No. 12 Hubert Hurkacz, and the match featured some of the highlights tennis fans have come to expect when he takes to the court.

Nick Kyrgios tells ball boy in Halle Open to 'have a good run' as Aussie hothead was put off by when youngster tripped

Nick Kyrgios tells ball boy in Halle Open to ‘have a good run’ as Aussie hothead was put off by when youngster tripped

The 27-year-old won the first set 6-4 and served to return to two-all in the second, before a ball boy tripped while picking up Kyrgios’ first-serve foul on the run.

Kyrgios paused for a moment and served one in the middle, then made an unforced error by hitting a forehand on the baseline for too long – at which point he turned to the boy with both hands and said, “You just drop me off. Run well, please.’

The Australian hothead then shook his head and muttered to the umpire about partisan calls and an unfair game.

Kyrgios made light work of world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas on the round of 16, hammering the star 5-7 6-2 6-4 in a stellar performance with another odd tantrum.

The eruptions started after Kyrgios lost the first set and slammed his racket to the ground, destroying it in one fell swoop.

Kyrgios argues with chair umpire Timo Janzen after being charged with a code violation for slow play in his win against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Kyrgios argues with chair umpire Timo Janzen after being charged with a code violation for slow play in his win against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Trailing 2-0 in the second set, Kyrgios suffered a slow play code violation when he had a drink and wiped his forehead with a towel halfway through the game.

When chair umpire Timo Janzen tried to get Kyrgios to resume, he flared up saying that he should always wait for his opponents and that the rules should be no different for him.

‘I always do that; I play Rafa [Nadal]every time i wait for him his hand dries i wait for him [and I get] nothing. I’m not playing, find an accompanist,’ Kyrgios yelled.

Tsitsipas reacted by walking to the baseline and serving as if a point was on the way.

The upset win was Kyrgios’ 24th win over a top 10 player, a crazy statistic considering the star has never made it past his best 13th ranking of his career.

Kyrgios celebrates after winning the first set in the Australian Open doubles final - winning his maiden grand slam 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis

Kyrgios celebrates after winning the first set in the Australian Open doubles final – winning his maiden grand slam 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis

This week’s Mallorca Open is his last goal before Wimbledon, where he will be unseeded.

A green course is Kyrgios’ favorite given the fast play and real bounce, and he said in May that he considers himself the ATP’s best grass field player.

In what was Kyrgios’ biggest career win, the then 19-year-old defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2014.

Nick Kyrgios performs a quick jig after beating world number one Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2014

Nick Kyrgios performs a quick jig after beating world number one Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2014

If Kyrgios goes into the draw without a seed, it is likely to face some big names in the early rounds, making him a dangerous prospect of making the top 10.

His record against the current top 10 in the world stands at 17-16 as he knocked out No. 1 Danil Medvedev twice along with Novak Djokovic.

The Wimbledon draw will be released on June 24 and the match will start on June 27.

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