'A F**ing White Towel': Ridiculous Kyrgios Hissy Fit Proves He'll Never Grow Up
Give up. Throw in the towel. Nick Kyrgios will always be the same Nick Kyrgios you currently know.
If you're hoping he might one day mature and leave his bad boy antics behind forever, stop dreaming. Ain't gonna happen.
Events earlier today in the Canadian Open against British world number 33 Kyle Edmund confirm this.
In his first round match, Kyrgios blew up over a white towel, or rather, the lack of one. Seems he wasn't happy with the tournament towels which were largely white, but with a few coloured logos on them.
Why did this bother him so? Because who the heck knows? Although one person had a pretty good duggestion.
Now you might recall that Kyrgios said some pretty positive things after winnings the Washington Open just days ago. It was his second tournament win of the year, and catapulted his world ranking from 52 to 27. But apart from the ranking boost, he seemed to get a personal uplift too.
"This week's been one of the best weeks of my life from a tennis perspective. I feeling like I'm growing as a person, and getting better every day," he said.
"At the end of the day, I don't care about rankings at all. I just want to grow as a human."
Yet here he was just a few days later, blowing up over bathroom accessories.
“You have a radio. You’re telling me you can’t radio in for one white towel?” he asked the chair umpire at 2-3 in the first set, in a tone best described as highly impolite.
"I'm f**king frustrated man, a f**king white towel!"
Eventually, said towel arrived. Yes, he actually got his white one. But by then, his head was gone -- even if the sweat upon it was dried by a towel of a colour of which he approved -- and the 24-year-old Canberran went on to lose 3-6 4-6.
So what are we to make of all of this?
There's a theory -- popular among those who expect every sporting career to pan out the same as every other -- that Kyrgios will grow up one day and stop having these ridiculous blow-ups.
Fact is, the blow-ups are part of who he is. You don't have to like them, but you do have to accept them.
There will be no magical switch flicked in the career of Nick Kyrgios. He will not wake up one morning and be a guy who never blows up again.
He will always be who he is. And that person is volatile, entertaining, infuriating, talented, wasteful of talent, playful, argumentative, ugly, beautiful and much, much more.
Enjoy the bits you can enjoy. That's not too far from how life itself works, and it's definitely the secret to being a Nick Kyrgios fan which, for the record, this particular writer is.