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Kyrgios promises to keep cool after berating ball boy

The firebrand 17th seed gave a ball boy a tongue-lashing at the French Open but was contrite after his eventual three-set victory.

Nick Kyrgios, threatened with a ban last year after making lewd remarks about the girlfriend of defending champion Stan Wawrinka during a match in Canada, barked at a ball boy in the first set and was warned by umpire Carlos Ramos.

"A code violation for saying towel loud?" Kyrgios said in a fiery exchange with Ramos. "Now I've seen it all. That's bullshit....are you kidding?"

Whenever he was threatened by a 23-year-old opponent playing his first grand slam match, however, he usually responded with a rasping winner. Having edged the first two sets in tight tiereaks, he managed the only break of serve in the match midway through the third set and eased to victory and a second round against Dutch lucky loser Igor Sijsling.

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