Nick Kyrgios makes cheeky ‘girlfriend’ jibe during Australian Open straight sets victory

Nick Kyrgios rallies during training in Australia

Controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios was spotted making a typically hot-headed claim to a member of his entourage during his Australian Open first round win over Frederico Silva in Melbourne. The 25-year-old secured a routine straight-sets win over his Portuguese opponent at the John Cain Arena on Monday to book his place in the next round of the competition.

Kyrgios, who is currently ranked 47th in the world, came from behind to nick the first set 6-4 before claiming the remaining sets with an identical scoreline.

The 25-year-old has gained a reputation for his on-court antics over the course of his career at the highest levels of the game.

In 2019 he was ordered to pay around £82,500 for his conduct during that year’s Cincinnati Masters tournament, with the punishment setting a new ATP record for the heaviest fine imposed on a player.

The Australian star wasted no time in hitting the headlines once again against Silva as he was heard making a bizarre mid-game demand to a friend watching from the stands.

Visibly fired up, he pointed in the direction of his entourage before shouting: “Tell your girlfriend to get out of my box!”

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The intended recipient of Kyrgios’ order, which was picked up by television cameras broadcasting the event live around the world, remains unknown.

The girlfriend of the tennis star’s brother, bodybuilding champion Alicia Gowans, was spotted among the travelling party but his own partner, Chiara Passari, was nowhere to be seen.

Kyrgios has played just four matches since crashing out of the 2020 Australian Open in the fourth round.

He was beaten by Spanish legend Rafael Nadal, who is one of the favourites to scoop this year’s crown alongside world number one Novak Djokovic.

The Australian revealed after Monday’s win that he was unhappy with his efforts despite progressing to the next stage of the tournament, admitting that he was nervous prior to his return to the court.

“Honestly, it was pretty average,” said Kyrgios. “I haven’t played a Grand Slam match in over a year, so I was definitely very nervous. I’m just happy I got through.”

Kyrgios has always embraced his controversial ways, claiming in November last year that he simply does not care about the opinions of tennis fans or his fellow competitors.

In a revealing interview with Stellar Magazine, he opened up on his struggles with depression, a factor that partly influenced his lack of action in 2020.

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“I’ve lost my way a lot,” Kyrgios explained. “I felt alone in a sea of people. I didn’t feel like I could talk to anyone about my feelings.

“I was fighting a lot of things and I didn’t feel like I had a home because I was always travelling. I don’t want to lose that feeling [of security] ever again – and I want to provide that to kids.

“There are tennis players who live and breathe tennis, and that’s fine. I’m not saying that’s wrong or right.

“But when people say, ‘He doesn’t want it badly enough’ or ‘He’s not a champion’… Well, maybe. But I’ve reached a level of freedom in my life when I really don’t care what anyone thinks of me.”

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