Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has dragged American actor Ben Stiller into an angry exchange with a fan set to lose to Rafael Nadal.
At the Indian Wells Masters quarter-final in California, Kyrgios asked a vocal onlooker in the crowd “Are you playing?” as he prepared to serve.
The Australian player, 26, added: “Are you good at tennis?”
In video footage of the encounter, a faint “no” can be heard from the stands.
Kyrgios replies, “Exactly, so why are you talking?”
Referring to Stiller, he continues, “Do I tell him how to act? No,” making the crowd laugh.
Stiller, 56, seated a few seats away from the fan, also smiled.
The match was tied in the final set during the rally. Kyrgios then lost 7-6 (7-0) 5-7 6-4.
Kyrgios, who entered the competition as a wild card, was making an ATP Tour quarter-final for the first time since 2019.
In the third round, he beat eighth seed Casper Ruud in his first top-10 win in more than two years.
These two achievements confirmed that he was clearly continuing the form that helped him and partner Thanasi Kokkinakis win the Australian Open men’s doubles title earlier this year.
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