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Kyrgios throws chair, storms off court
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Tennis https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/48300357 Tennis

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

Kyrgios has a history of fines for poor behaviour on court and in March clashed with a fan at the Miami Open.

Earlier this week he served underarm during victory over Daniil Medvedev, while his actions on Thursday came as it emerged he told a podcast interview that he "could not stand" Novak Djokovic - who he described as "cringeworthy" - and called Rafael Nadal "super salty".



Wow, what a disgrace this idiot is Angry . At least Rome no longer has to put up with him.

Is he ever going to learn to control himself???
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Idiot? No, he makes more than you and me combined. 

His behavior is disgraceful, though.
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What an entitled brat! :/
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(05-16-2019, 06:40 PM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Idiot? No, he makes more than you and me combined. 

Sure, I'll happily admit his tennis is excellent, and he deserves every penny he gets for that.

Doesn't make his behaviour any less idiotic, though - which is what I was referring to in my post.
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Gee, chill out dude XD
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(05-16-2019, 07:23 PM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Gee, chill out dude XD

Yeah, I just re-worded my post... I'll admit I'm not having the best of days today -_- .

But, I hope I've explained myself adequately.
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Typical Kyrgios. His behaviour's worse than McEnroe's, and that speaks volumes. :facepalm:
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And yet punishing Williams for cheating was sexist..... :thinking:

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(05-17-2019, 01:58 AM)Lurker101 Wrote: And yet punishing Williams for cheating was sexist..... :thinking:

Well, it was a bit more complicated than that. She was punished for cheating, and there were accusations of sexism; however, they relate to separate incidents during the same match.

During the 2018 US Open final, she received three penalties, as follows:

  • The first was for taking hand signals from her coach, who was sat in the audience during the match (which just got her a warning). That was the 'cheating'; the next two relate to unsportsmanlike behaviour.

  • The second was for smashing her racket (which cost her a point);

  • The third was for calling the umpire a 'liar' and a 'thief' for taking that point away (which cost her a game).

Now, the umpire who gave out those penalties was Carlos Ramos - who is notoriously tough on all players (both male and female). I don't think any of these three penalties was overly harsh, though: IMO, they were all justified. But, to judge whether it was sexist, we have to ask the question: would a male player have got the same penalties for doing the same things as she did? Here's what I think:

  • In the case of the first offence (taking assistance from the coach), I think the answer is unequivocally 'Yes'. This is a clear-cut violation of the rules, and nobody (or, at least, nobody who knew what they were talking about) defended Serena on this. This includes the people who accused the umpire of sexism: they were upset about the subsequent two penalties (which weren't for any kind of cheating).

  • The second offence is a little more complicated: some fans pointed to the men's final the next day, where Novak Djokovic smashed his racket and didn't get a penalty. However, Djokovic had a different umpire - and, some umpires are more relaxed about racket-smashing than others (there are plenty of men who have smashed their rackets who didn't get away with it: for example, Nick Kyrgios!). If Ramos had been officiating that match as well, then I see no reason to believe that Djokovic wouldn't have been penalised.

  • The third penalty is the one that people were most upset about. The argument is that men are given more leeway for that kind of thing, because they're expected to be 'outspoken', whereas women who do that get penalised for being 'hysterical'. I suppose there might be some truth to that claim; however, if there is, then the people making the claim need to provide evidence to back it up. I'm sure they'll be able to find individual cases of men saying worse things and not getting penalised - but, once again, different umpires have different tolerance levels for how much verbal abuse they're willing to take (and there are plenty of examples of male players not getting away with it). If they can find an example of Ramos allowing a male player to get away with something similar, then we can talk - but, knowing how tough he is on all players, I find it hard to believe that this would exist.

So, yeah: the way she was treated isn't entirely consistent with the way in which some male players were treated, but: a) it is consistent with the way in which other male players have been treated, and b) it's not at all clear that this inconsistency is due to her gender.
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