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Kyrgios quits on court and throws temper tantrum

 

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

By Steve Simpson

Australia's Nick Kyrgios forfeited his second-round match at the Italian Open after walking off court against Norway's Casper Ruud.

The 24-year-old was in the deciding set when he was given a game penalty, reportedly for swearing, to trail 2-1.

He then threw down his racquet, hurled a chair on the court, picked up his bag and walked off.

The umpire called the referee to court but, before he could be officially defaulted, Kyrgios told the crowd 'I'm done' and walked off to loud whistles and jeers.

Johanna Konta reached her first big clay-court quarter-final with back-to-back victories over grand slam champions Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams yesterday.

Wednesday's washout meant two matches in a day for most, and British number one Konta produced two standout results.

Her 6-7 (3) 6-4 6-1 victory over French Open runner-up Stephens in the second round was arguably the most impressive of her career on clay.

Konta lost the opening set but recovered impressively, showing the significant improvements she has made on the surface this season.

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