Kyrgios defaulted in Rome after tantrum

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open after hurling a chair onto the court

Nick Kyrgios is out of the Italian Open after being defaulted in his second-round clash with Norway's Caspar Rudd.

With scores level at 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 1-1 in the third set, Kyrgios took exception to some movement in the crowd and made his feelings known to the spectators after being broken by the Norwegian.

He was subsequently docked a game by the chair umpire and furiously kicked a bottle, then hurled a sideline chair on to the court before picking up his bag and leaving the court.

He was subsequently defaulted from the match, handing Rudd a third-round clash with Juan Martin del Potro.

The controversial Canberran made international headlines before the match when he launched a withering attack on world No.1 Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco in an explosive podcast interview.

Kyrgios could face suspension from the ATP following his antics in Rome.