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‘I’d like to knock him out’: Nick Kyrgios makes another enemy

Nick Kyrgios has been criticised for partying in London after withdrawing from a Wimbledon match, citing a hip injury
Nick Kyrgios has been criticised for partying in London after withdrawing from a Wimbledon match, citing a hip injury Photo: AAP
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Despite acting like a normal 22-year-old, Nick Kyrgios has made yet another enemy.

The tennis star was initially condemned by sections of the Australian media on Thursday for partying with two young women at a London nightclub following his Wimbledon exit.

And now it has emerged that the incensed father of one of the two girls wants to “knock him out”.

British tennis hopeful Chelsea Samways, 18, was one of the two women spotted with Kyrgios on a boozy night out in the English capital.

Her father, Lawrence, says she has been grounded for her late night.

“Chelsea’s grounded,” Lawrence Samways told MailOnline.

“My daughter is only 18 and a sweet girl. She’s been out all time of the night. I don’t like it.

“So I’ve taken her car away. She won’t be going out like that again.”

He then expressed his anger towards Kyrgios, insisting he would enjoy punching the World No.20.

“If Kyrgios was here now, I’d knock him out. In fact I’d like to knock him out,” he said.

Photos of Samways, Kyrgios, and Monique Belovukovic – an Australian player – went viral after they were spotted leaving London’s Cirque le Soir nightclub in the early hours.

The British junior player shared a paparazzi photo of her and Belovukovic on her Instagram page, but cut Kyrgios almost entirely out of the shot.

On the photo, one Instagram user taunted her about being grounded.

Samways is due to begin a university tennis scholarship in Florida next month, her father added.

Aussie backlash

Earlier this week, 22-year-old Kyrgios was forced to withdraw from his first-round match at Wimbledon when trailing two sets to love against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, citing a troublesome hip problem.

Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage was heavily critical of the tennis star.

Armytage joked: “A blonde and a brunette – no wonder he’s got dodgy hips.”

She then referenced Kyrgios’s partner, Croatian-Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic.

“I want to know who these two girls are, the blonde and the brunette.

“And where’s the girlfriend?”

Mark Beretta, who appears on Sunrise reading sports updates, said the footage proved Kyrgios should not have withdrawn from Wimbledon.

“If he can put one foot in front of the other, he should be on the court,” he said.

“If you can be out at a nightclub, you can play Wimbledon.”

Host David Koch disagreed with Armytage and Beretta, saying: “Should Nick be sitting in his room and reading Harry Potter?”

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