Wimbledon all the quieter as Kyrgios bows out

Mon Jul 6, 2015 4:10pm EDT
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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) - To the disappointment of those bemoaning a lack of "characters" at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios was beaten in four sets by Richard Gasquet on Monday, bowing out of the tournament with his usual mix of brilliance and belligerence.

The 20-year-old Australian's on-court behavior often resembles that of a hormonal teenager and he threw in the full range on Monday with a "tanked" game, a warning for an audible obscenity and a seemingly endless running debate with the umpire.

None of it could put off Gasquet, however, who triumphed 7-5 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(6) to take full revenge for losing to Kyrgios a year ago when the Frenchman managed to blow a record-equaling nine match points.

This time Gasquet was content to be the Bjorn Borg to Kyrgios's John McEnroe, losing his ice-cool demeanor only briefly when he smashed a racket after losing the third set tiebreak.

Generally, it was Kyrgios keeping up a rolling feud with the officials, himself, the crowd and anyone else he could blame whenever he failed to win a point.

Having lost the first set and then being broken to trail 2-0 in the second, he was booed after sulking his way through the third game, sometimes not even making a token attempt to return Gasquet's serve.

Kyrgios later denied "tanking" the game during a long and tortuous exchange in a news conference.

"No, of course I tried... I did move," he said   Continued...

Richard Gasquet of France celebrates after winning his match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 6, 2015.                REUTERS/Henry Browne