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Nick Kyrgios smashes racket and throws chair onto the court in Italian Open meltdown

The volatile Australian defaulted the match against Casper Ruud of Norway and stormed off.

Tennis, Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2019 Kyrgios at the Italian Open. Source: Alfredo Falcone/Lapresse.&Quot;A

AUSTRALIAN NICK KYRGIOS forfeited his second-round game at the Italian Open today after walking off court against Norwegian Casper Ruud.

The controversial figure was serving at 1-1 in the third set when the referee gave a point against him for unsportsmanlike conduct for swearing.

His response was to kick a water bottle before throwing a chair, packing his bag and then storming off court.

Kyrgios defaulted the match with Ruud winning 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-1 to advance to the third round.

- © AFP 2019

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