WATCH: “He was so nervous” Nick Kyrgios makes amends with the ballboy and gifts a racket following his outburst at the Indian Wells

Nick Kyrgios once again apologized to the ballboy and gifted him his racket following his rage-filled tantrum at the Indian Wells.

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios had a couple of heated moments during his quarter-finals exit to Rafael Nadal at the 2022 Indian Wells. The Australian was involved in a spat with the heckler, smashed his racket and had a heated exchange with the umpire as well.

Kyrgios’ temper reached the tipping point after he lost the match. After the customary handshake at the net, the 26-year-old let it all out as he smashed his racket to the ground. The racket ricocheted off the ground and just missed hitting a ballboy. During his post-match press conference, Kyrgios was asked about the incident, but the Australian didn’t even acknowledge that the racket was close to hitting the ball kid and was unapologetic over it, he even lashed out at the reporter was asking the question.

Kyrgios was then seemingly apologetic after reflecting on the incident and posted on his Instagram story to help him track down the ballboy. He soon made amends with the ballboy and reached out to him. He apologized for his fit of rage and offered him his racket. The ball kid, named Tei Park was quick to accept his apology and gladly took up on the offer.

Nick Kyrgios make amends with the ballboy

nick kyrgios
nick kyrgios

Kyrgios quickly made amends and posted a video of meeting the ballboy on his social media account and in a classy gesture gifted his racket to the ballboy.

He was so nervous! But hopefully makes use of the racket!!! Take it easy young king‘” he captioned.

Kyrgios once again apologized saying “I’m sorry about yesterday, are you alright?”. The ballboy was clearly nervous about meeting Kyrgios but answered he was fine. Kyrgios then handed over the racket and said “You going to use it? Take it easy” and then bid adieu.

As far as the tournament is concerned, Kyrgios had a stellar one. The Australian didn’t play a match since the Australian Open, but brought his A-game to the Californian desert and nearly put an end to Nadal’s perfect start to the season, with he is all set for a huge boost in his rankings. He will next be seen in action at the second half of the Sunshine Double, Miami Open, which begins on March 25th.

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