Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios exposes the vile death threat after receiving a fiery exit from the Houston ATP Tournament as he blows up over Umpire’s error
Nick Kyrgios has been found guilty of the extent of the abuse online, where anonymous trolls have sent him death threats.
The Australian posted screenshots of some of the messages he received on Instagram, where trolls warned him he was ‘f ***** dead’ and ‘watch his back’ and others urged him to ‘quit tennis’.
Kyrgios shared the messages just hours after he courted controversy again, lashing out at the Umpire as he lost Reilly Opelka in their semi-final ATP clay court event in Houston, Texas.
Nick Kyrgios reports he received death threats and abusive messages on social media
After dropping the first set of 6-3, Kyrgios trailed 30-15 in the second with a score of 5-5 when Opelka’s return went against him as the baseline but not out with Umpire Joshua Brace.
‘What do you mean, you don’t know from there? Where are you looking for it from? ‘ he yelled at Brace. ‘It was out, bro!
‘He wins that point when the ball was out. What are you guys actually doing out here? ‘
Kyrgios shared screenshots of trolls urging him to ‘quit tennis’ after he lost in Houston
Another troll, meanwhile, told him he was ‘f ***** dead’ and warned him to ‘watch his back’
‘If it was out, then I did miss it,’ Brace admitted.
‘Well, congratulations,’ replied Kyrgios.
The Australian then lost the next point to an unforced error, loudly screaming ‘F ***’ following his mistake.
‘It’s the f *** king out of the clay on the bounds, how are you not calling it?’ Houston ATP event at a loss point during a blown call after an explosion with Kyrgios exploded
Kyrgios did not hold back as he lashed out at umpire Joshua Brace for a second audible obscenity to the point. Brace admitted he made a costly mistake
He was subsequently docked for an audible obscenity, which cost him the game and set his opponent up 6-5.
The development only irked the 28-year-old further. ‘It was f *** ing out clay on bounds, how are you not calling it?’ he shouted at the umpire.
‘It’s up to you guys to make that call. I can’t stop mid-point! ‘
‘I believe you now, I made a mistake,’ Brace replied.
The Aussie firebrand has played well in America but lashed out frequently, as he did here, smashing his racquet to bits at the Miami Open
‘Do you think it was a costly mistake?’ Kyrgios shot back. ‘How about you come out to the media and say “I did a terrible job”. The whole media thinks it’s my fault. ‘
The incident is the latest in a long list of outbursts that have seen the Australian explode.
Earlier this year, he was a total of $ 80,000 for his cool at tournaments in Indian Wells – where he was bizarrely engaged in a diatribe with a fan mid-game – and Miami.