Tennis: Kyrgios reacts to racist insults in Stuttgart: If I respond to the stands, they penalise me

Nick Kyrgios has again had to speak out after being on the receiving end of alleged racist abuse during his game against Andy Murray in Stuttgart.

The Australian tennis star, who fell in the semi-finals against Murray, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the harassment he has received and sent a clear message to the public throughout his matches.

“And if I respond to the stands, they penalise me,” Kyrgios wrote on his Instagram story.

“When is this going to stop? Dealing with racial slurs from the crowd? I UNDERSTAND THAT MY BEHAVIOUR ISN’T THE BEST ALL THE TIME – but ‘you little BLACK SHEEP’ or ‘shut up and play’ little comments like this are NOT ACCEPTABLE.”

Kyrgios defeated by Murray

Andy Murray will compete for the trophy against the Italian Matteo Berrettini, who is the second favourite, reaching the final of an ATP tournament after six months following an excellent display against Kyrgios in the semi-final.

The 35-year-old Scotsman, who plays with a metal hip, is fine-tuning his game ahead of Wimbledon.

The three-time Grand Slam winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist, who won his first match against a ‘top-five’ opponent since 2016 on Friday against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, is rediscovering his early-career form.

Murray, who was formerly ranked No.1 in the world, is back in a final after the one he lost to Russian Aslan Karatsev in Sydney last January.