‘That is bulls***’: Nick Kyrgios called out

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 10:49:10 PM. NICK Kyrgios’ list of fans is growing ever smaller as his career jumps from meltdown to meltdown.

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Nick Kyrgios has done it again.

NICK Kyrgios’ list of fans is growing ever smaller as his career jumps from meltdown to meltdown.

The 22-year-old tennis star drew the ire of fans around the world after walking off court during his match with USA singles gun Steve Johnson at the Shanghai Masters.

Kyrgios was reportedly overheard telling supporters mid-match he’d be ending the match early if he didn’t claim the first set, shortly before losing in the tiebreak.

If the arena-wide boo following his almighty dummy-spit was anything to go by, the fiery youngster was going to have a rough week in the media.

His behaviour while representing Australian tennis on an international scale has always been a hot topic of debate among fans, sports stars and commentators. Pundits from around the globe have attempted to tame the firebrand’s wild persona to no avail — but this almighty spray might give him something to think about.

Former NRL stars Matthew Johns and Mark Geyer didn’t shy down from giving the World No. 21 a beating on Triple M Thursday morning.

“It’s embarrassing behaviour,” Johns said. “It’s offensive, the deliberate lack of effort from this individual.”

Johns said he was fed up with people defending Kyrgios’ “honest” comments about not enjoying his job as an international tennis star.

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And here comes the backlash. Source: Supplied

“That is bulls***,” Johns said. “This bloke … it’s just disgraceful behaviour. People pay good money to watch this match. He tells supporters courtside that if he loses the first set he’s going to walk off, does it, then tries to go and apologise on Twitter saying he’s got a tummy bug. Please.”

Johns used Socceroos Tim Cahill’s two-goal performance in Australia’s World Cup Qualifier against Syria as a comparison.

“You’ve got a 38-year-old bloke playing for the Socceroos who ran up and down the pitch non-stop to qualify,” he said. “Then there’s this bloke (Kyrgios) whose young and in his prime and just won’t dig in one little bit.”

Geyer threw his two cents in after Johns’ spray, suggesting Kyrgios’ antics were bordering on illegal.

“It’s even pushing the boundaries of match-fixing. If some people are hearing him say that … it’s in match-fixing territory,” Geyer said.

“My favourite player growing up was John McEnroe. I hate when people compare Nick Kyrgios to him. McEnroe never walked off the court after losing a set and said ‘I’ve got a stomach ache’.

“He was a brat, but he was a really good brat who won a lot of tournaments. Kyrgios has got no intestinal fortitude.”

Kyrgios’ blockbuster exit to the 2017 was a disappointing piece of deja vu for fans, who had to endure a similar walkout from the Aussie star against Mischa Zverev in Shanghai last year.

He was fined $40,000 by the ATP for his walk-off against Johnson.

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