Kyrgios loses second round and temper in Paris

During his 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 loss to Kevin Anderson, Kyrgios bashed he heck out of a racket, requested a cool one and then whipped out his phone while walking off the court immediately after the match ended.

The action served as a form of catharsis for Kyrgios, he said, and while he blamed his actions on frustration, he also recognized that his move did not set a great example for younger tennis fans. "I can't talk about it, I can't", he said.

"But I haven't really put together any good training in the last couple weeks". 'I feel like I've way underdone coming into the French.

"And, obviously, I haven't really structured any good training in the last five weeks. So he was too good".

In general, Kyrgios has struggled on the clay courts of Paris, where he's failed to escape the third round in five tries. He just had to play a bit bigger to get back in the match.

His demise was as dramatic as it was disappointing.

Early on, the 22-year-old displayed in one extraordinary game why he could become Australia's first men's French Open champion in nearly half a century.

Kyrgios was handed a penalty point for the outburst as he trailed against the South African ranked No 62 in the world. The 22-year-old surprisingly admitted he needed someone to help elevate his game.

The Australian Davis Cup captain looked prophetic as he watched courtside when Kyrgios achieved one of the rarest feats in tennis.

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.

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

  • Julie Sanders