For those weekend warriors amongst us who have personally experienced the negative effects resulting from letting the emotion of anger guide the ship on a golf course or tennis court and completely remove whatever skills we have, it is hard not to admire tennis player Nick Kyrgios and his ability to use than anger to his benefit.
Kyrgios, in his own personal version of Jekyll and Hyde, or in his case, Kyrgios and McEnroe, staged a running battle with umpire Mohamed Lahyani when he met Czech Radek Stepanek in a Wimbledon first-round match.
Kyrgios did win the match 6 – 4 6 – 3 6 – 7 (9 – 11) 6 – 1. He also earned a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after he let the anger monster get the better of him in response to losing the epic third set of the match.
It seems as though this is not the first time Kyrgios has had a run-in with Lahyani. The two have clashed in several of Kyrgios’ matches in the past with the Swedish umpire, but no one is suggesting that there is any deliberation involved in the selection of Lahyani as umpire in Kyrgios’ matches.
Kyrgios has never failed in the first round at Wimbledon. He now gets ready to play Germany’s Dustin Brown.