Wimbledon 2022: Aussie tennis legend Rennae Stubbs slams ‘beyond ridiculous’ Nick Kyrgios acts during final against Novak Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios has again drawn the ire of the tennis world after a typically Kyrgios outburst of fury directed at his own players’ box during his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic.

The four-set loss had all the hallmarks of a Kyrgios classic: arguing with the chair umpire, calling out a ‘drunk’ member of the crowd, an apology from the BBC for a rogue f-bomb making it through to the broadcast, and some freakish and unpredictable tennis.

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But the most jarring moments of his first grand slam final were when he was abusing his own team – constantly.

The Aussie hothead got off to a dream start, taking the first set off Djokovic, but when he started to lose control of the match in the second and third sets, he looked to his players’ box for support.

What he got from his team was apparently not what he was after, as he began audibly pleading with them to show more energy.

After dropping serve for the first time ever against Djokovic in the fourth game of the second set, the SW19 crowd and millions watching at home cringed as Kyrgios questioned why he was having to ask his own team for more support.

Kyrgios then had a chance to break back, later in the set, with three break points at 0-40, but he still wasn’t getting what he needed from his loved ones.

“Say something!” he yelled at them. “It’s 0-40. God damn! It’s 0-40.”

Nick Kyrgios was frustrated on Sunday. Credit: Rob Newell – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images

Things got more awkward mid-way through the third set as Kyrgios coughed up a 40-0 lead to lose his serve. A double fault at deuce preceded a miscued backhand into the net, and again he blamed his box.

“Why do you stop? 40-0, 40-15 and you just relax! Why?” he shouted at them.

Australian tennis legend Rennae Stubbs led a chorus of Twitter fury at Kyrgios.

“Honestly, this behaviour of yelling at your box because they aren’t doing what u want, is actually beyond ridiculous,” she tweeted.

“THEY CAN’T READ YOUR MIND! Yes this is his way of dealing with pressure, I get it, but this is straight up constant abuse to people that love you, it’s embarrassing”.

Costeen Hatzi did her best to support her partner Nick Kyrgios. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Former editor of The Age and the Herald Sun, Bruce Guthrie, called his box the “worst seat in the house”.

“If Nick Kyrgios offered you a spot in his player’s box you’d have to say ‘no’,” he tweeted.

But despite Kyrgios’s evident discontent with his own support team during the match, he’s been on the record during the tournament saying that he is “extremely blessed” to have the support he does.

“I’ve got an incredible support crew,” Kyrgios said after the fourth round.

“My physio is one of my best friends. My best friend is my agent. I’ve got the best girlfriend in the world. I’ve just got so many people around me, they just support me.

“I feel like I can reflect on all those dark times when I pushed them all away.

“Now to sit here, quarterfinals of Wimbledon, feeling good, feeling composed, feeling mature, having that around me, I’m extremely blessed.

“I feel like I’m just comfortable in my own skin.”

Nick Kyrgios couldn’t control his anger. Credit: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

He spoke again after the quarter-finals about the make-up of his team, and why he continues to play without a coach.

“I don’t have a coach – I would never put that burden on someone,” he said at the time.

“But each and every one of my team play a very important part and I feel that I know my tennis better than anyone.”

It wasn’t only his box that he was unleashing his frustrations on either, he gave it to himself as well.

At the start of the fourth set, having dropped the previous two, Kyrgios was clearly in a bad headspace.

“Watch me get to 40- then lose it all,” he said to himself as he went to serve.

Nick Kyrgios went on a rollercoaster of emotions. Credit: Zac Goodwin/AP

Australian tennis commentator Tod Woodbridge summed up where Kyrgios was at.

“He’s in self-destruct mode,” Woodbridge said.

“In the early stages he didn’t say a word, nothing in that first set until the end. Now everything is off court.

“He’s handed Djokovic the opportunity.”

Then there was, of course, the customary blow-up at the chair umpire who Kyrgios thought wasn’t doing enough to control the crowd – and particularly one member of it.

“They’re distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final, she’s drunk out of her mind,” he said to the umpire.

“I know exactly which one it is, it’s the one that looks like she’s had 700 drinks, bro.”

Nick Kyrgios was disappointed after his loss. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

But speaking to reporters after the match, Kyrgios bristled at suggestions he needed to improve his composure.

“I think the other 126 players in the draw could improve their composure,” he said.

“But at times out there, obviously I was getting angry a bit because I just looked at it as, (if) you win this tournament, you become the tennis immortal, I feel.

“It was just an opportunity for me that people work their entire life for.

“I put myself in a position to win the first set. Things started to get rocky a bit. He was just solid. Then I win that fourth set and who knows.

“I mean, yeah, I can obviously improve many things in my game, not just composure. My forehand return needs to improve. I’ve been working on that a lot. Can always get stronger. Can always get fitter.

“I feel like that (question) was a bit of a dig, but I feel like everyone in the draw can improve something.”

Novak Djokovic came out on top. Credit: Zac Goodwin/AP

Although, he did credit his opponent with an unflappable ability to keep his composure, and said that went a long way towards Djokovic claiming his seventh Wimbledon title.

“He’s just really composed,” Kyrgios said.

“It’s weird, I felt like he didn’t do anything amazing today. He returned obviously the way he returns. I feel like he’s just a great returner.

“But he was just so composed. That’s what I was just thinking to myself. In big moments, it just felt like he was never rattled.

“I feel like that’s his greatest strength. He just looks completely within himself the whole time. Didn’t look like he was playing over-aggressive, even though it felt like he was playing big.

“Hats off to him.”

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