Kyrgios loses his cool over double-bounce call in fiery victory over Brown
Nick Kyrgios fought his corner after being asked about his conduct after a riotous second-round win over Dustin Brown at Wimbledon.
The Australian is no stranger to controversy but appeared to be reasonably well behaved as he beat Brown 5-7 (3/7) 6-1 2-6 6-4 6-4 in a rapid shoot-out of a match. As Kyrgios flare-ups go, challenging the umpire on a double-bounce call he thought he had made ranks fairly low on the scale, but that did not stop questions about his on-court behaviour.
Asked if he was concerned that his language towards umpires may put off opponents, Kyrgios - who received a code violation at the time - countered: "What did I say to the umpire today?"
When told he said the umpire had done a horrendous job, he added: "Is that bad language? Have you never said a swear word before? Have you never said a swear word in your life?"
The beaten Brown supported Kyrgios.
Told of his conqueror's annoyance, Brown said Kyrgios had been right on the double-bounce call.
"Obviously here and there we both thought that the ref didn't do a good job," Brown said.
"The one ball that Nick got definitely didn't bounce twice. Sometimes guys make bad decisions.
"I'm pretty sure everyone that knows Nick, knows Nick is a great tennis player. You know that if certain things happen and there are a few bad calls ... all of us have got upset on the court already for bad calls, especially in certain moments."
It was unfortunate for Kyrgios that the day ended on such a note after he had played his part in a thrilling match.
He and Brown are good friends off the court and brought a lot of fun to the grass during a quick-fire five-setter that did away with convention.
Serves were rattled down with barely any regard to tossing the ball, towels were rarely called for, and both men slung their rackets in front of almost anything and everything to thrill the Court Two crowd, hitting 133 winners in the process. Brown's departure means one of the game's real characters is no longer in the draw. Instantly recognisable because of his dreadlocks, he is a darling of the Wimbledon fans after memorable previous wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal.
This match will be spoken about for some time to come, especially Brown's between-the-legs drop-shot winner in the third set.