What is it with tennis players and bad tempers?

IS AUSTRALIAN tennis player Nick Kyrgios the next Pat Cash in terms of temper on the tennis court?

Earlier in the year, the 20-year-old's temper became a hot topic during the Australian Open.

Now his on-court conduct is once again being questioned after spats with the chair umpires at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios took exception to a linesman reporting him for swearing and took the matter up with umpire Nili, NineMSN reported.

But when Kyrgios didn't get the explanation he wanted he reportedly began 'belittling the American'.  

"But what did he say? Is that a threat? Is that a threat?," Kyrgios said.

"Does it feel good to be in the chair up there? Does it feel strong to be up there?"

At the post-match press conference, Kyrgios put his on-court outbursts down to pressure and a headache caused by an ongoing sinus infection.

Is this a reasonable excuse for his actions?

What you're saying on Facebook:

Gayle Wells wrote: "Grow up Nick!!!. Put your attitude into your playing and you will be far more successful."

Angela Thompson said: "He needs to pull his head in! He's a great player but but needs to learn some respect!"

Trish Towns commented: "Come on John Newcombe, give him a good dressing down, it's un Australian..."

Gordon Hartwig posted: "John McEnroe was the best at it."

Andy White said: "What type of tennis players are they breeding these days? Wouldn't happen with Newcombe or Roche or Rosewall..."

Brenda Kenny wrote: "Ridiculous excuse."

Kel Tyz Williamson commented: "A lot of people have stressful jobs, there's no need to be that rude."

Veronica Cupitt posted: "We all have pressures, headaches and other illnesses but we don't act like a spoiled brat in front of the whole world to see. Time to stop the excuses and just grow up. Not setting a good example for the next generation of youngsters wheather tennis players or not. Bad sportsman ship."

Angela Koy said: "No excuse to be rude. Yes it is okay to question the umpire but he needs to cool it with the attitude."

Steve Green wrote: "We see poor behaviour from a lot of young sportsmen. It seems that they develop attitude in isolation from respect and responsibility."

Tony Lunn said: "No. Poor conduct on an international stage. Needs to be heavily fined. And told to pull his head in & grow up."

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