Nick Kyrgios has apologised to his support team following his outburst during the second round of the Australian Open, saying “they don’t deserve that”.
The 23rd seed had another lively outing at Melbourne Arena on Thursday during his 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Gilles Simon from France.
The Australian got a time violation, mocked Rafael Nadal and also lashed out at his team.
He was overheard yelling at his players box: “So creative. Out of all the things you could say: ‘Stay tough.’ Thanks, man. Thanks. ‘Stay tough.’ That’s what I get. Every break point: ‘Stay tough.’ Wow. wow. wow.”
However, he held up his hand during the post-match press conference.
“My behaviour towards my box tonight was not acceptable,” he said. “In my next match, I don’t want to do that.
“I was being a bit of a d***head to them. I apologised as soon as I went back into the locker room.
“They don’t deserve that. They do a lot of things for me on and off the court.
“…It’s not acceptable from me. Nothing to do with them.”
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