Nick Kyrgios’s ATP Cup match with Greek younger gun Stefanos Tsitsipas promised drama, and delivered it in spades — nevertheless it was Kyrgios who saved his cool whereas his opponent’s rage changed into a full-on household dispute.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas by chance hit father and Greece workforce captain Apostolos on the arm whereas smashing a racquet
- The incident prompted Stefanos’s mom to return towards the bench to have a phrase along with her son
- Nick Kyrgios went on to win the match in dramatic model, sealing victory for Australia within the ATP Cup tie
World quantity 30 Kyrgios would go on to assert a 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5) win at Pat Rafter Enviornment to offer Australia victory within the tie, nevertheless it was the extraordinary meltdown by Tsitsipas that stole the present.
After dropping the primary set, the world quantity six slammed his racquet into the bench, by chance clipping his father and Greece captain Apostolos Tsitsipas on the forearm.
His unimpressed dad walked away briefly earlier than Tsitsipas’s mom Julia emerged from the gang to face behind the bench and provides her son a public dressing down for his behaviour.
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It appeared to have little impact with Tsitsipas then receiving some extent penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct early within the second set when he smashed a ball into his unlucky bench, this time simply lacking his dad.
That was sufficient for his father, who relocated behind the court-side bench for the remainder of the match as Tsitsipas’ mum returned to offer her son one other spray.
Nick Kyrgios performed a few of his greatest tennis in an exciting win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
All eyes had been on Kyrgios to see if he could be on his greatest behaviour after beginning the yr with a suspended 16-match ban hanging over his head.
However the former world quantity 13 seemed like a choirboy in comparison with the hot-tempered Tsitsipas on Tuesday evening.
He held his nerve to offer Australia an unbeatable 2-Zero lead, making certain the hosts have gained all three ties thus far.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was greater than slightly annoyed after dropping the primary set. (AP: Tertius Pickard)
Kyrgios missed the final tie towards Canada with a again grievance however stepped up as Australia’s primary participant on Tuesday after world quantity 18 Alex de Minaur was rested towards Greece.
Earlier, John Millman drew first blood for Australia when he outlasted a gutsy Michail Pervolarakis 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1).
World quantity 48 Millman needed to dig deep towards an opponent ranked 438 locations decrease than him who was additionally battling an ankle grievance from the second set.
De Minaur was rested for Australia, who’ve already secured prime spot in Group F and a quarter-finals berth in Sydney following wins over Germany and Canada.