Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns the ball to Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May, 14, 2019. Kyrgios won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Kyrgios throws chair onto court and walks off during match

May 16, 2019 - 7:24 am

ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios walked off the court in a fit of rage after throwing a chair onto the red clay Thursday during his second-round match against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud at the Italian Open.

Kyrgios, who has a history of bad behavior, was suspended by the ATP Tour in 2016 for "tanking" a match and insulting fans during a loss at the Shanghai Masters.

The latest incident occurred on an outer court at the Foro Italico with Ruud leading 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-1.

First, Kyrgios kicked a water bottle. Then he picked up a white chair and flung it onto the court with his right hand.

The ATP Tour said it wasn't immediately clear if the Australian was officially defaulted or had retired from the match.


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