‘You’re no-one, you’re a disgrace’ – What Nick Kyrgios told the umpire in furious exchange during Rafael Nadal clash


The Australian bad boy was very unhappy with the way the match was officiated (Picture: Getty)

Nick Kyrgios was positively seething with umpire Damien Dumusois during his grudge match with Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Thursday, getting into a heated argument that landed him a code violation.

The Australian had been having a back-and-forth with Dumusois throughout the first set about how slowly Nadal was playing between points, calling it ‘bulls**t’, and subsequently lost the opening set.

He was fired up though and broke Nadal early in the second, though he reignited his tussle with Dumusois after being broken himself, with Kyrgios’ protestations ultimately landing him in hot water.

Here’s their exchange in full…

NK: When are you gonna raise it? Yo do it then! Stop saying it – do it! Hurry up then – do it!

DD: I’ll do it whenever I want.

NK: It’s only taken you 20 years – all of you – to tell him.

DD: Don’t tell me what to do.

NK: Don’t talk to me, hurry up.

DD: I do it whenever I want.

NK: It’s only taken you 20 years to tell him. I’m starting my routine and the guy’s telling me to stop.

DD: You are right.

NK: So tell him then! TELL HIM.

DD: When I want. When I want.

NK: So much power up there, huh? Wow, look at you. Look at you! So much power up there. Wow. So much power, feels good. Feels good for you, huh? Wow. So much power. Feel good to be up there, huh? Who doesn’t like to be up there.

*Kyrgios gestures at the umpire as he walks past for the next game*

NK: You’re a powerful man up there, aren’t you. Are we allowed to play with new balls?

DD: Code violation, misconduct warning, Mr Kyrgios.

NK: What did I say? What did I say? What did I say?

*Kyrgios breaks Nadal again, holds serve to win the set, returns to seat*

NK: Why did you give me the code violation? Why though? I just asked you if we could use new balls, that’s all I asked for.

DD: It was too much.

NK: What was too much? Did you tell me, “Nick, if you continue you are going to get a code violation”? But did you say that? You didn’t say that.

DD: I don’t have to.

NK: Yeah you do. All I asked was, “Is it OK if we play with new balls?” A simple question and you gave me a code violation for that? You really think I’m going to get into any trouble for that? I’m just going to appeal it mate. What are you going to write, “Mr Kyrgios asked if we could use new balls, I gave him a code violation”? [Gives thumbs up]

Kyrgios gave the umpire an ironic thumbs up during his rant (Picture: BBC)

But things did not stop there. In Nadal’s second service game of the third set, his first serve was called out – but he successfully challenged – with the umpire awarding the point to the Spaniard, though Kyrgios felt the call had put him off and they should have replayed the point.

DD: Nick, 15-0.

NK: What are you talking about? You’re telling me the call didn’t affect my stroke?

DD: No.

NK: At all?

DD: No.

NK: Are you being serious?

*Nadal holds to love, Kyrgios returns to chair*

NK: I can’t do it, I can’t do it. What, what, what just happened? You’re a disgrace, you’re a disgrace. It happened on my stroke. You’re a joke. People like you are the problem, you feel entitled just because you have a job and you’re sitting up there you feel entitled.

DD: Are we going to fight all match?

NK: I’m just telling you that’s the problem.

DD: Are we going to fight all match Nick?

NK: I’m just letting you know. That’s the problem. People like you feel that you’re actually important and entitled and that’s a problem. It annoys me. When I asked you, you said: “When I want”. Bro you’re no one in the scheme of things. Nor am I. But you think you’re important.

DD: I don’t feel that way.

NK: You do. Yes you do. You said “when I want”. You think you’re important. It’s very cute, bro. It’s very cute. You have no idea what’s going on, no idea. You have no idea. Everyone thinks this tennis match is importance, you have no idea. You’re a disgrace.





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