Tennis

Kyrgios’ Twitter troll take-down

NICK Kyrgios wiped the floor with his opponent on Thursday, only this time it wasn’t on the tennis court.

After earlier taking down American Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round of the US men’s claycourt championship in Houston, Kyrgios found himself in another battle.

The 22-year-old engaged in a war with a social media user who has continually pestered his account over the past two weeks.

Twitter user Sen Chao sent the first shot across the bow when he challenged the Aussie to a one-set singles match while also saying “I hope you’re not too scared #bum”.

Kyrgios had clearly had enough of the constant tweets and fired back at the user who states he is “better than most pro tennis players on tour”.

After posting a video and calling out Kyrgios, the man himself had seen enough and decided it was time to put an end to the nonsense.

Of course the battle wasn’t over there, Chao wasn’t going to let Kyrgios off the hook that easily.

Sending through a screenshot of a recent article where Kyrgios had explained he wasn’t a fan of clay because of his clothes getting dirty, Chao tweeted “I don’t care how dirty my clothes are, I just play the game the right way…”

In a since deleted tweet, Kyrgios’ response was a more personal shot at his opponent.

“Looks like you stop when there is food around though bro?” Kyrgios tweeted.

After another exchange, Kyrgios seemed to have had enough with the battle and walked away the obvious winner.

Hours later however he returned and sent an ace right down the middle of the tee with the knockout blow.

Currently ranked 24th in the world standings, we can’t imagine Kyrgios having any issues on the court if he were to take up the proposed challenge.

It isn’t the first time Kyrgios has encountered a social media troll, his Australian Open second round contest was disrupted by YouTube prankster Jamie Zhu.

Kyrgios is making his debut in the event and is seeking his first career claycourt title.

He has been hampered by injuries this season, pulling out of Rotterdam, Delray Beach, Indian Wells and Acapulco tournaments with back and elbow problems.

He returned for the Miami Open last month where he reached the fourth round before losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

Kyrgios advances to the quarter-finals where he will play Ivo Karlovic who eased past qualifier Denis Kudla 7-5, 7-5.

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