Frustrated with a call from the umpire, sulking Nick Kyrgios gave up an entire game against Richard Gasquet during his self-destruct mission in the second set of their fourth-round tie at Wimbledon today, walking away from serves, hitting returns straight back into the net and sarcastically applauding the official.
Despite battling back to win the third set, Kyrgios was beaten in four sets by Gasquet.
He lost the second set 5-1, appearing to throw in a game in the second set after being warned for swearing by the umpire James Keothavong.
Seven-time Grand Slam doubles winner Peter Fleming told the BBC: "That was a shocking second set from Kyrgios."
1987 Wimbledon champion, and fellow Aussie Pat Cash added: "Nick is a complex kid. He wears his heart on his sleeve and everyone can see what is going on."
This rather petulant reaction from the 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios in the match did not go unnoticed on Twitter. Here are some of best reactions:
Another mix of great and wild from Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who has seemed to give up an entire game in protest at a code violation #Wimbledonian herbert (@ianherbs) July 6, 2015
This Kyrgios bloke is like the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of tennis.TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) July 6, 2015
He even hugged a ball boy later on...
Kyrgios hugging the ballboy. And the ballboy's reaction is just PERFECT. pic.twitter.com/taPEwvrOrRRené Denfeld (@Renestance) July 6, 2015
Kyrgios is set for a heavy fine for his downing tools in that game.Reuse content