Nick Kyrgios leaves court to smash rackets, swears at umpire

Nick Kyrgios meltdowns are commonplace, but Wednesday's display at the Cincinnati Open was petulant even by his standards.

The Australian tennis player known better for his outbursts than his game repeatedly lashed out at chair umpire Fergus Murphy during a 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 loss to Russia's Karen Khachanov.

The conflict reportedly started over the shot clock when Murphy referenced Kyrgios's pace of play during the second set.

"Why do I always have problems with this potato in the chair?" Kyrgios said of the Irish umpire.

The pair have history. Kyrgios delivered an expletive-filled tirade at Murphy when he disagreed with a call during the Fever Tree Championships in London in June.

Kyrgios continued to berate Murphy, eventually earning a court violation for saying: "Every time I play, he's doing some stupid s---, every time."

After being docked a point before the third set, Kyrgios called for a bathroom break. He took two rackets off the court, where ESPN cameras remained trained on him.

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Instead of going to the bathroom, Kyrgios instead smashed both rackets in the hallway before returning to the court.

After the match, Kyrgios refused to shake Murphy's hand, instead calling him a 'f---ing tool" before walking off the court for good.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo
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