Nick Kyrgios apologises after launching chair onto court in Italian Open meltdown

Nick Kyrgios has apologised for his behaviour at the Italian Open (Picture: Getty)

Nick Kyrgios has apologised for throwing a chair onto the court at the Italian Open, admitting that ’emotions got the better’ of him during the match with Casper Ruud.

The 24-year-old received a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the final set of the last-32 clash and was sent into a furious rage in front of a stunned crowd in Rome.

After kicking the court in disgust, Kyrgios flung a chair onto the court and the umpire had no option but to disqualify the temperamental Australian who had already began packing his bag.

‘Very eventful day to say to the least,’ Kyrgios told his followers on Instagram following his disqualification.

‘Emotions got the better of me and I just wanted to say that the atmosphere was crazy out there today, just super unfortunate that it had to end in a default.

‘Sorry Roma, see you again, maybe.’

The incident came less than 24 hours after he told ‘cringeworthy’ Novak Djokovic that he would never be loved and adored as much as the great Roger Federer.

Speaking to the No Challenges Remaining podcast, Kyrgios said: ‘I just feel like he’s got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked.

‘He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This celebration thing is so cringeworthy.

‘He’s unbelievable, a champion of the sport, one of the greatest we will ever see. I think he will get the Grand Slam count and overtake Federer.

‘[But] we’re talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest to me.

‘I’ve played him twice and I’m sorry but if you cannot beat me, you cannot be the greatest of all time. Look at how much I train and put in… it’s zero compared to him.

‘For me Federer will always be the greatest of all time. What Rafa has done has been pretty scary too.

‘But Novak just riles me the wrong way. He always says what he thinks he needs to say rather than his actual opinion.

‘The celebration just kills me. Every time it does… it kills me. If I play him and beat him again, I’m doing the celebration in front of him [laughing]… that would be hilarious!’

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