“Accidents happen, but we can do anything to make things better,” Nick Kyrgios makes amends with the ball boy after smashing his racquet violently at him

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

today Nick Kyrgios got into a major fiasco playing against the 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal by doing 2022 Indian Wells quarter finals. Between games, out of anger, Kyrgios hit the ground so hard with his racquet that the racquet not only broke but bounced back, spinning towards a nearby ball boy.

The Aussie star is known for his tenacity and temper. However, he also has a kind side that makes fans respect and look up to him. This year, Nick Kyrgios won the doubles of the Australian Open but then his recurring asthma problem and subsequent test positive for Covid 19 allowed him to compete up to the BNP Paribas Open.

“It was a complete accident,” Nick Kyrgios admits his mistake.

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios, who hadn’t lost a set since attending Indian Wells, couldn’t bear to see him fail after going so far against the Spaniard (6-7, 7-5, 4-6). Unable to control his anger, the Aussie broke his din with the entire audience, including Hollywood actor Ben Stiller, who was surveying the game. However, after Kyrgios finished the game and shook hands with the referee, he trashed another racquet. However, this time, instead of simply breaking, it hurled itself at a nearby ball boy and almost hit him.

Since the ball boy has quick instincts, he dodged it, narrowly avoiding an injury that would not have been painless. This incident prompted Kyrgios to issue an extremely apologetic apology. “I just want to apologize to this ball kid at the end of the game.” Nick Kyrgios shared a message on Instagram. “It was a complete accident and I was frustrated by the end of the game. My racquet made a crazy bounce and was never my intention. If anyone knows who this ball kid is send me a message and I’ll send them a bat. I’m glad he’s doing well!”. The Australian went through a lot to get the boy’s number and then personally issued a sincere apology.

His message was “Sorry for my racket accident at the end! Complete accident, are you alright?” He even offered to send a bat as a token of his apologies.” To which the ball boy with Instagram ID Tei Park replied: “Thank you for reaching out, I’m perfectly fine. I would like to get a racket. I will be back at the courts tomorrow.” The conversation continued with Kyrgios ending, “No stress, see you tomorrow!”

Nick Kyrgios’ reaction after the incident

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

When asked about the incident in the press conference, Kyrgios lashed out at the journalist, saying that his actions were obviously unintentional. “What can I say?” said Kyrgios in frustration. “Obviously, was that my intention? No. Because I threw the bat. Did I originally throw the bat anywhere near him? It landed a meter off my foot, slipped and almost hit it.” Having just lost a game and then this accident happened, he didn’t put up with Kyrgios right away.

He further mentioned, “I am human. Something like that happens. Obviously it was a very unfortunate jump. I think if I had done that a million times it wouldn’t have gone that way.” After being criticized for “unsportsmanlike conduct”, he apologized to the referee and in general for his behaviour. Regardless of what happened, it doesn’t change the fact that Kyrgios personally approached the ball boy, apologized to him and offered to send him a racket.

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Subhankar Mondal

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