Nick Kyrgios blames 'really hot chick in the crowd' for his defeat in match against Roger Federer

Kyrgios has never been one to shy away from controversy or speaking his mind, and his Laver Cup match against Federer proved no different


                            Nick Kyrgios blames 'really hot chick in the crowd' for his defeat in match against Roger Federer
Nick Kyrgios (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has earned himself a reputation for being an incredibly talented but hot-tempered player whose flashes of brilliance are often tempered by moments so bizarre he would leave us wondering if he was really a professional tennis player, and this past week was no different.

Kyrgios was involved in a titanic tussle with Roger Federer at the Laver Cup on Saturday, September 21, in a match that eventually saw him lose with a well-fought and respectable 6-7(5), 7-5, 10-7 scoreline.

While there was nothing controversial during the match in itself, what happened after will undoubtedly lead many to question the 24-year-old's commitment to the sport.

TV cameras around the court caught him exclaiming to his teammate that he had lost the match because he was distracted by a "hot chick" in the crowd.

"I lost concentration, I saw a really hot chick in the crowd," he said. "Like, I'm being jarringly honest — I'd marry her right now. Right now!"

However, when asked about the loss, Kyrgios said it had nothing do with a lack of discipline on his part, but more to do with the fact that Federer was an exceptional player.

"I just had to do with something that I was playing someone that's probably the best to ever play the sport," the sportsman reportedly said.

"I don't think it was a lack of shot selection or lack of discipline or lack of power or lack of anything. I think the guy I was playing was just pretty good. Don't you think so? Yeah. It's a pretty bad question, to be honest," Krygios said.

The 24-year-old later announced that he was withdrawing from the tournament owing to injury, but even that announcement was not without controversy.

When a reporter asked him what prompted him to pull out of the tournament, Kyrgios picked up a beer, took a few sips, and only then answered, "I felt my collar bone. I think just the amount I played yesterday, the occasion, the pressure, it was just too much for my body but hindsight was probably a good thing."