WARNING: OBSCENE CONTENT
The BBC have once again been forced to apologise to viewers after Aussie firebrand Nick Kyrgios crossed the line with an obscene gesture at the Queen’s Club Championship.
During his 7-6 7-6 semi-final loss to Marin Cilic at the warm-up event to Wimbledon, the 23-year-old was busted on camera simulating a sex act with a water bottle.
The world number 21 was sharing a humorous moment with a friend in his player’s box, and was presumably unaware there was a camera trained on him before the first service game of the match.
Kyrgios was clearly in a playful mood during the day, as he was later spotted taking part in the ‘circle game’ with a member of his player’s box, a game in which the object is to trick a friend into looking at the circle formed between your thumb and forefinger.
For the second time so far at Queen’s, the host broadcaster BBC were forced to apologise to viewers for the Aussie’s antics, after he shocked viewers earlier in the tournament with a foul-mouthed tirade during his clash with Kyle Edmund.
Many fans took to Twitter to share a laugh with Kyrgios, however others took exception to his vile gesture.
It's hilarious 😂
— Szymon Rzepecki (@SzymonRzepecki) June 23, 2018
There is not a person alive I love more than @NickKyrgios. Literally doing what every normal lad does but he's absolutely sick at tennis. People read to much into him, just a normal geez. Never change
— Mark (@mt219310) June 23, 2018
Explains why he is always injured
— Mathematicians' Party♻ (@MathsParty_MPA) June 23, 2018
— John Slater (@johnyslats) June 23, 2018
Is he 12 or 23?
— Neil (@tothabrink) June 23, 2018
And his mama's sitting out there watching. She better have a talk with that naughty boy.
— faithrc (@faithrc) June 23, 2018
This kid is an embarrassment to the sport.
— The Lefty Wizard (@TheLeftyWizard) June 23, 2018
Our society takes people with one skill and glorifies them. Other than his ability to swing a racquet @NickKyrgios would be a hoodlum, a gangster, a bum. His sponsors are making a mistake
— Mark Satov (@MarkSatov) June 23, 2018
Kyrgios made headlines earlier in the tournament for his reaction to controversy surrounding his tirade in his early-tournament win against Kyle Edmund.
Upon being told that the BBC had to apologise to viewers for his foul language, the polarising tennis star had a quick response.
“Fine. I don’t care,” he said.
Kyrgios was pressed on his outburst by a journalist before he hit back.
“Do you swear? No, do you swear? Yes or no? Yes or no? Do you swear? Do you swear? Okay, great. Good question,” he said.
Kyrgios preparing for Wimbledon assault
Nick Kyrgios is confident his game is on track for a tilt at Wimbledon after his Queen’s Club campaign ended at the semi-final stage.
Marin Cilic brought Kyrgios’s entertaining run in London to an end on Saturday with a 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) victory, the top seed reaching the final at the event for the fourth time.
A high-level showdown full of thundering serves boiled down to two tiebreaks in which the ice-cool Cilic proved the more composed player to set up a Sunday showdown with former world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Unseeded Djokovic was given some trouble by Jeremy Chardy in the opening set but prevailed 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.
Kyrgios, who beat British pair Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund this week, was satisfied with his work after he followed up a run to the final in Stuttgart last week with one to the last four at Queen’s.
His serving is in a particularly good place as he served 98 aces in his four outings, twice achieving a personal best of 32 in a match.
He was, though, reluctant to consider himself among the favourites at the All England Club.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 23, 2018
“I’ve played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents,” he said.
“I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis. That’s a positive. My body feels pretty good.
“It was a pretty successful couple of weeks, obviously given being out for two and a half months before that.
“I feel confident for Wimbledon, for sure. There’s a lot of grass court players.
“I mean, the grand slams are totally different. Best-of-five sets – there’s a lot more momentum swings.
“The last couple of weeks, I feel pretty untouchable on serve. Today I just didn’t have any chances to break at all.”
World No.6 Cilic did not offer up one break point opportunity in their one hour and 25 minute meeting.
“It’s special to play here and I’ve played great tennis throughout the week and it’s great to have another shot at the title,” the 2012 Queen’s champion said.
“Nick is serving so good and it was tough to get a look on the service returns.
“As expected a couple of points made the difference in the tiebreaks.”
Wildcard Djokovic seemed agitated at times as Chardy proved a tricky opponent.
The Frenchman made several errors in the tiebreak though and was broken at 4-4 in the second – the only break of serve in the day’s two semi-finals – before Djokovic sealed the win.
He has a 14-1 winning record over Cilic but might be second-favourite on Sunday with the Croatian in superb form.
“I will play with two racquets! One in the right hand and one in the left hand!” Djokovic said when asked how he would cope with the power of Cilic’s serve.