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That Nicholas “Nick” Hilmy Kyrgios is a bird of paradise in the tennis circus, should be known. As well as his eccentric playing style, his derogatory gestures, his moods. A new taste of it was in Miami in the duel with Dusan Lajovic.

 

Again and again Nick Kyrgios “manages” to top himself again – in this case at the ATP Masters tournament in Miami. In the third round of the absolutely clear victory over Lajovic (6: 3, 6: 1), the Australian with Greek roots had once again not only focused on the sport – but first of all a series of wild actions shown: In addition to a Tweener (Ball played between the two legs), the eccentric brought a no-look forehand, saluted loudly shortly before an overhead volley, discussed (of course) with the referee and served at its own impact twice (once an ace, once at set ball) from the bottom of the list (!), which is more like badminton than tennis.

 

But that was not all: Kyrgios delivered in the middle of the game also a vociferous verbal battle with a spectator in the stands. According to the professional, he had previously insulted him badly during a break, including his hairstyle.

 

Why did you look at me on a Sunday evening? “, Kyrgios called in the course of the second round well audible in the direction of the grandstand. “Do not you have something better to do?” The audience got involved in the discussion and was ultimately led by Kyrgios and many other fans of the security personnel from the stadium, with sneering applause.

 

Many experts have always been in agreement in the case of Kyrgios: The 23-year-old tennis player, who is blessed with immense talent and can beat any opponent on good days, could get much more out of his five titles (five hard courts , three times in 2016, Brisbane 2018, Acapulco 2019), his highest ever ranking in the world ranking (13, currently 33) and his manageable Grand Slam achievements (quarter final Australian Open, quarterfinals Wimbledon, twice third round French Open, three times third round US Open).

 

But his failures and his questionable behavior have always come to the fore. Sometimes he attacks Stan Wawrinka in relation to his ex-girlfriend (Montreal in 2015), he likes to give points without resistance, sometimes imitates serves of Roger Federer or Gael Monfils – and then he says that he prefers “PlayStation” to play as a train. Or he actually prefers basketball rather than playing tennis. In Acapulco, he had last unnerved Rafael Nadal, who later complained: “He lacks the respect for the audience, the opponent and himself.”