Kyrgios loses third round and temper in Paris

Hope Soto
June 2, 2017

Australian tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios lost his cool during his frustrating second-round match Thursday at the French Open against Kevin Anderson, smashing his racket six times until it sat limp near a Perrier cooler before his embarrassing flameout, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Kyrgios recently started working with coach Sebastien Grosjean on a part-time schedule to harness his game. "I feel like I've way underdone".

Still, it takes on-court success to lead a sport, and Kyrgios' uneven attitude during matches can derail him at a moment's notice.

Kyrgios's elimination leaves perennial women's contender Samantha Stosur as Australia's only third-round hope at Roland Garros.

Kyrgios said he needs to rest and practice well at the same time: 'I haven't been hitting enough tennis balls.

His demise was as dramatic as it was disappointing.

Early on against Anderson he displayed in one extraordinary game why he could become Australia's first men's French Open champion in nearly half a century.

"He could easily get through to the fourth round and the the draw opens up and all of a sudden you're deep into the second week", Hewitt said.

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"And then he can go out and actually be quite aggressive on his return game and put pressure on his opponents". Next came a double-fault that gave Anderson a set point and prompted Kyrgios to spike his racket, which got mangled and bounced so far it landed at the feet of a line judge behind the baseline.

The stunning effort occurred in the eighth game of the opening set.

A set and 4-2 up, was it totally physical what happened out there today?

But suddenly, as he did in his second-round Australian Open defeat to Andreas Seppi, Kyrgios collapsed.

After he cruised past Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets the first round, Kyrgios won a combined three games in the final two sets of the match.

Anderson, meanwhile, said he was able to take advantage of Kyrgios's meltdown to record his second win in two meetings with the Australian, having also come back from a set down to win in Chengdu, China previous year.

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