Moment furious Nick Kyrgios takes on a tennis fan after he called him a ‘little black sheep’ during tennis match against Andy Murray
- Nick Kyrgios alleges he was racially abused by a crowd member in Stuttgart
- The tennis star claims a spectator called him a ‘little black sheep’ in his defeat
- Andy Murray downed Kyrgios in two sets to reach the 70th final of his career
The Australian tennis star said that he was called a ‘little black sheep’ and told to ‘shut up and play’ in his straight sets defeat to Murray.
Posting on Instagram after the match, Kyrgios said that comments directed at him during the match with Murray were ‘not acceptable’.
He wrote: ‘When is this going to stop? Dealing with racial slurs from the crowd?
‘I understand my behaviour isn’t the best all the time – but “you little black sheep, shut up and play”, little comments like this are not acceptable.’
Kyrgios added: ‘When I retaliate to the crowd I get penalised. This is messed up.’
Nick Kyrgios alleges he was racially abused by a member of the crowd in his defeat in Stuttgart
Kyrgios has previously revealed what an impact racist abuse had on him, driving him into a ‘dark place’ with his resilience being the only thing that stood between him and further internal hurt.
‘I feel like I’m just resilient,’ he said previously.
‘If someone is not as resilient as me mentally, the amount of hate I got, the amount of racism I got, the amount of bulls**t that I got from the tour, from fans, from everything, I could have been…
Andy Murray beat the Australian in straight sets in Germany – but Kyrgios was clearly unsettled
Kyrgios posted this message on Instagram and described the incident as being ‘messed up’
‘I was dealing with, like, not even close to the amount of stuff that was going on. That’s what I think.
‘Instead of outcasting and almost crucifying a personality, you say, “Okay, this guy is different, let’s act a certain way, let’s not treat him like a Roger Federer or like a Marin Cilic. He’s his own person”.
‘I’m just saying this sport could have driven me into a place of dark, which it did for a bit, how mentally tough it was for 18, being one of the most well-known players in Australia, getting absolutely hammered by the media. It’s not so easy.’
Murray will next take part in his first grass court final since his Wimbledon triumph in 2016
Kyrgios was impacted by the abuse he suffered from a member of the crowd, having performed well in the first set, narrowly losing in a tie-break, he fell to a 6-2 defeat in the second and decisive set.
The Australian grew to be unsettled in the second set as a result of the abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of a member of the crowd.
Murray said after his win: ‘I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions.
Kyrgios appeared frustrated in the second set and fell to a 6-2 defeat to his Scottish opponent
‘On these courts, when it is playing quick, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more secure at the end of the first set.’
The British number three, currently ranked 68 in the world, will take on Italian world number 10 Matteo Berrettini in the final on Sunday.
Berrettini came through his semi-final 7-6 (7) 7-6 (5) against German Oscar Otte.