ABC host issues grovelling apology for suggesting racist abuse targeting tennis superstar Nick Kyrgios could be 'good for him'

Happy Birthday Nick Kyrgios, who turns 26 today

Earlier this week Nick Kyrgios has alleged that he was the victim of racism from the Stuttgart crowd as he lost to Andy Murray in the semi-finals

Stuttgart Open organisers launched an investigation into the racism allegations made by Nick Kyrgios during his semi-final match against Andy Murray yesterday as one of the fans called him little black sheep.

Kyrgios was defeated in straight sets, and had been handed a penalty after smashing his racquet and exchanging heated words with members of the crowd.

He smashed his racket and remonstrated with the umpire over line-calls with which he disagreed.

That eventually escalated to an altercation with the crowd for which he received a game penalty.

After the match, though, Kyrgios has explained his side of it, and made allegations of racist abuse.

The 27-year-old, who is of Greek origin, said he had been the victim of racism.

"When is this going to stop? Dealing with racist slurs from the crowd?" Kyrgios wrote on Instagram.

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Lisa Millar made the 'out of touch' comments during a discussion of the player's claims spectators had racially abused him at a recent tournament in Stuttgart.

The host offered an on-air apology for her comments on Tuesday morning, saying she regretted them and later insisting she was a 'big' Kyrgios fan.