Kyrgios claims he was racially assaulted by Stuttgart mob

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Nick Kyrgios smashes his racquet. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Australian Nick Kyrgios claims he was racially assaulted by members of the crowd during Stuttgart’s semi-final loss to Andy Murray on Saturday, in which he was given a one-game penalty for an outburst on field.

“When is it going to stop? Dealing with racial slurs from the crowd?” Kyrgios wrote on Instagram.

“I understand that my behavior is not the best all the time, but ‘little black sheep’ ‘shut up and play’ – small comments like this are not acceptable.

“When I hit back at the crowd, I get penalized. It’s messed up.”

Kyrgios smashed a racket and exchanged words with a group in the Stuttgart crowd early in the second set.

The Aussie was penalized a point and then a game for unsportsmanlike conduct to lead 1-0.

After the tournament supervisor was called in, Kyrgios was content to follow the movements on the pitch as Murray took full command to secure the win on 93 minutes.

Murray reached his 70th career final with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 win and will look to clinch his first title since Antwerp in 2019 when he takes on Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.

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