‘F*****g disgrace’: Kyrgios explodes at official
Not even a month ago, Rafa Nadal called Nick Kyrgios out for his lack of respect for his peers, his fans and officials.
The Spaniard's comments were prompted by the Aussie's demeanour during their Mexico Open clash which Kyrgios won before going on to claim the title.
And while he rejected Nadal's comments, it seems there may have been a degree of truth given Kyrgios' behaviour during a doubles contest at the Miami Open during which he called the chair umpir a "f*****g disgrace'.
Playing alongside Taylor Fritz, a seemingly entertaining match-up against Guido Pella and Joao Sousa soon turned ugly with the Aussie vexed by a number of calls from the chair.
With the latter pair emerging victorious 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 10-8, the handshake at the net was barely complete befor Kyrgios exploded.
"What the f*** is wrong with you?" he shouted at the official and refused to shake his hand.
"You're a disgrace. You're a f*****g disgrace."
This outburst was promotply followed by a racquet smash which earned him booing from the crowd.
Kyrgios sat down and carried on, this time engaging with the crowd.
"You think that's alright yes or no? He's a disgrace? Come down here and play 100% when you deal with this," he said.
Amid the boos, Fritz slumped in his chair alongside Kyrgios playing with his nails while his partner started playing on his mobile phone.
Earlier in the day, Kyrgios had given an interview during which he questioned why he should show any respect to his peers - the 'Big Four' in particular.
"I don't know how much respect the others show them but I'm not going to really respect someone just because they can hit a ball over the net, that's not enough for me to give them respect," Kyrgios told Daily Mail tennis writer Mike Dickson.
"Why would I give them an inch? They've already got the advantage with always playing on the best courts in the best conditions, all that sort of stuff, so I don't know why you would give them inches.
"Obviously what they do for the sport is huge, they inspire millions around the globe. But when I'm on the court we are competing and I'm not trying to be your friend.
'I'm not sure why I would go out there and be very respectful of Rafa to get ready for me to serve."