Nick Kyrgios in action
Nick Kyrgios in action EPA/YOAN VALAT

'Get me a beer!': Nick Kyrgios falls apart at French Open

UNDERDONE physically and emotionally scarred by the death of his grandfather, Nick Kyrgios says he was surprised to be in a winning position before a French Open implosion which rocked Roland Garros.

Kyrgios suffered a stunning meltdown - asking for a beer mid-match and obliterating racquets - before plummeting to second-round defeat.

Cruising when leading by a set and 4-2 up in the second, Kyrgios' fury over inconsistent serving saw him destroy two racquets, leaving him perilously close to default.

Admitting the destruction of racquets relieved pressure, Kyrgios said he was never a chance to reach the second week of the tournament.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios gestures after missing a shot against South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament
Australia's Nick Kyrgios gestures after missing a shot against South Africa's Kevin Anderson during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament AP Photo/David Vincent

Referring to his coach Sebastien Grosjean, he said: "He knows that things have been difficult for me.

"But he knows first-hand that I haven't put in enough work to have gone deep here. The whole team knows it.

"You know, and the surprising thing is I was in a winning position today and I still could have won.

"It doesn't even matter how underdone I was. I still could have won.

"We (Kyrgios and Grosjean) both know that I've just got to practise. During Indian Wells and Miami time, I was practising a lot.

"Yeah, I mean, after my grandpa passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything, really."

Cruising when leading by a set and 4-2 up in the second, Kyrgios' fury over inconsistent serving saw him destroy two racquets, leaving him perilously close to default.

The fallout from the serving lapse saw Kyrgios fade suddenly out of contention, prompting him to ask spectators to get him a beer after dropping serve in the fourth set.

"Get me a beer now," he said. "Honest to God, get me one now."

When a spectator responded "You're kidding", Kyrgios said: "I don't think so."

 

Australia's Nick Kyrgios plays a shot in his second round match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Thursday, June 1, 2017
Australia's Nick Kyrgios plays a shot in his second round match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Thursday, June 1, 2017 AP Photo/David Vincent

Winning 11 of the first 18 games and dominating rallies, Kyrgios vanished mid-match.

From 4-2 in the second set, he would win only three more games in a gruesome 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2 loss to South African Kevin Anderson.

Pushed over the edge by uncharacteristically poor serving, Kyrgios finished with 16 aces, nine double faults, 49 winners and 42 unforced errors.

In complete control until the inexplicable lapse, Kyrgios was warned and then given a point penalty after mangling two frames in the final game of the second set.

French chair umpire Damien Dumusois issued the first code violation warning when Kyrgios double-faulted to hand Anderson a set point.

And, delivering a second double to concede the set, Kyrgios ambled to his courtside chair and destroyed a new racquet with six angry swishes into courtside furniture.

He will be fined along similar lines to the $7300 penalty he received at January's Australian Open for swearing and racquet abuse.

The implosion came completely against match trend and left Kyrgios within two more warnings of being thrown out of the match.

Composed, mostly silent and focused, Kyrgios was on course for victory - even with left hip soreness.

But two sloppy service games sapped both focus and discipline, sending him into a vicious downward spiral against a steady, experienced professional.

From barely saying a word to coach Sebastien Grosjean and Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, Kyrgios muttered increasingly as he trudged disconsolately from one side of the court to the other.

By the end of the match, the Australian was consumed with self-loathing.

Walking to his chair on the final change of ends, Kyrgios repeatedly said "it's a joke" before flinging his racquet away.

As he walked off court, Kyrgios checked his mobile as Anderson signed autographs.

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