Nick Kyrgios carries a certain reputation when he steps onto the court.
In terms of performances, you never know which version of him is going to turn up. He is capable of some moments of pure magic, but on many occasions he also completely fails to show up.
While his game lacks consistency, his behaviour does not. The Australian is an incredibly difficult player to deal with at times, having a habit of getting into confrontations with opponents, umpires, and even members of crowd.
There have been numerous examples of this down through the years, with another one arriving at the Halle Open yesterday.
Nick Kyrgios gets heated in Germany
Not only would Nick Kyrgios smash a racquet out of frustration during his match against Stefanos Tsitispas, but he would also have a war of words with the umpire.
The incident came in the second set after the 27-year old was given a time violation after taking too long to towel himself down, leaving his opponent standing there waiting to serve.
Kyrgios certainly didn't take it well, having a heated exchange with the official as a result.
🗣️ "No I don't care bro, I do that all the time" 😡
Nick Kyrgios smashed his racquet and had a heated argument with the umpire over a time violation at the Halle Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas😳 pic.twitter.com/99nmCElVkf
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) June 16, 2022
What? I can't go to my towel? I do that all time time...
I don't care bro, I do that all the time. Sorry that during covid I don't have somebody give me a towel, I have to physically walk to my towel.
I can't stay there, I have to walk to it...
Not once has a returner got a time violation. I don't have anyone bringing me a towel, you can't give me a code violation for that bro.
This moment only seemed to help Nick Kyrgios up his game. Having lost the opening set 7-5, he would go on to easily dispatch of the tournament's second seed in the the final pair of sets.
That run included this absolute moment of magic just a couple of games after his argument with the umpire.
Casually ridiculous from @NickKyrgios! #TWO2022 pic.twitter.com/xrLVE9RuHY
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 15, 2022
As mentioned above, the sublime and the ridiculous are all part of the Nick Kyrgios experience.