Nick Kyrgios has vowed to ‘live and learn’ after crashing out of the Australian Open with a second round collapse. The 21-year-old Australian was in total control of his match when he led by two sets but, amid complaints of a sore knee he lost his composure, his temper and, ultimately, the match.
Italy’s Andreas Seppi triumphed 1-6 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-2 10-8 in the round two clash against the typically unpredictable 14th seed.
My body’s not in good enough shape. You live and you learn.
Kyrgios fell foul of the umpire and was given two warnings, for swearing and racquet abuse, before the 89th-ranked Seppi clinched victory at Melbourne Park.
The often-controversial Aussie was booed off by some of the fans inside the stadium but he has vowed to learn his lessons.
Kyrgios revealed that his preparation for the new season has not been ideal, with a lot of basketball being played.
Kyrgios admitted he needed to take his preparation more seriously, having “played too much basketball” in pre-season.
He said: “I did a couple things in the off-season that I’m probably not going to do next time. My body’s not in good enough shape. You live and you learn.”
Kyrgios is without a coach currently and returned to competitive action in the season’s opening Grand Slam event having served a ban for not trying at the Shanghai Masters last year.
Kyrgios won a five-set tussle with Seppi on the same Hisense Arena court in 2015 to reach the quarter-finals and the Italian, 32, felt maybe he deserved revenge while revealing he tried to pay as little attention to his opponent’s antics as possible.
“Maybe it was meant to be,” Seppi said of avenging his 2015 loss. “I was concentrating on my game and not worrying about he was doing.”
Novak Djokovic is 11/8 to win the Australian Open while world number one Andy Murray is 7/4.
Roger Federer can be backed at 20/1 after the Swiss beat Noah Rubin of the United States 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in round two.