Kyrgios shames ‘racist, homophobic’ slurs
NICK Kyrgios has slammed a Facebook troll for sending him racist, homophobic slurs after his win over Dusan Lajovic at the Miami Open.
Kyrgios took to social media to expose the shameful abuse, which came from a man's account. The tennis star posted a screen shot of direct Facebook messages that landed in his inbox as he called out the disgusting comments.
One message read: "Your (sic) a f***ing disgrace to Australia. F*** off back to India u c***."
Another implied Kyrgios was a homosexual and made a crude remark about his assumed sexual habits.
During his match against Lajovic Kyrgios engaged in a slanging match with a spectator before having security kick him out of the stadium and he was in no mood to cop more gibes from a keyboard warrior after his impressive win.
"You have to question the world when a grown a** man feels the need to reach out with this hate?!" Kyrgios wrote on Facebook.
"A racist, homophobic hater, yet I'm the disgrace? How messed up is the world? You'd be surprised how much of this s**t I have to put up with, especially from Australia."
According to the troll's Facebook profile, the man studied in London and lives in Kansas. But his profile picture has a message of support for the NSW Origin side and one photo on his account has him posing with a woman in front of the Sydney Opera House.
Kyrgios thumped Lajovic 6-3 6-1 in a typically entertaining performance to progress to the Miami Open round of 16 on Monday. The Australian world No. 33 was far too strong for the Serbian, slamming 12 aces and winning 81 per cent of first-serve points.
He also produced two underarm serves, including an ace, between-the-legs efforts and a no-look volley among several trick shots.
The often controversial 23-year-old found himself in a mid-match verbal altercation with a spectator who was goading him from behind the baseline before the man was ejected from the venue.
"At a change of ends he literally just said, 'You're a d***'," Kyrgios said before explaining he copped the same insult a second time, forcing him to respond. "Then he was like, 'Come here and say it'.
"He said I had a s**tty haircut. And you know what? I haven't been to a barber shop in a couple of days, so he was pretty right.
"Idiots like that in the crowd who have nothing better to do on a Sunday night than watch me play are talking to me as if they're not interested in watching when they've literally got nothing else to do but sit there and watch me.
"I had a bit of fun with it. I knew that I was going to get him kicked out. I loved it, I loved every single bit of it.
"I think the crowd loved it."
Kyrgios will next meet Borna Coric for a place in the quarter-finals after the Croatian overcame Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
"I don't know what tomorrow is going to bring on the tennis court, but I'm going out there and having fun," said Kyrgios.
"I served well and returned well and I'm really happy. Today it was a pretty good all-round performance."
Kyrgios has a strong record in the Miami Open, reaching the fourth round for a fourth straight year. He was a semi-finalist in 2016 and 2017, and reached the round of 16 last year before falling to Alexander Zverev.