MELBOURNE - Nick Kyrgios has had more than his fair share of run-ins with umpires over his career and on Saturday the Australian revealed that he thought it "strange" that anyone would want to officiate on a tennis court.
The maverick 23-year-old has been forced to pay out tens of thousands of dollars in fines for swearing, making obscene gestures, racket smashing and not trying after falling foul of officials in his six years as a professional.
Kyrgios said he understood that umpires were just "normal people" doing "the best they can" -- even if they did make mistakes -- and admitted that he sometimes went "a bit too far" when he got frustrated on court.
Away from the playing arena, however, his over-riding emotion was one of amusement.
"When I see them off the court, I kind of laugh when I walk past them," he told reporters at Melbourne Park.