Nick Kyrgios has reached out to the ball kid he almost hit with a flying racquet following his quarter-final loss to Rafa Nadal at Indian Wells, offering an apology and a racquet.

The Aussie firebrand got in touch with the ball boy on social media after apologising for his moment of madness in the immediate aftermath of his 7-6(0) 5-7 6-4 loss to the Spaniard on Friday.

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The frustrated Aussie almost injured the teenager after the tennis racquet he smashed into the ground took a wicked bounce in the direction of the ball boy’s head.

Thankfully the ball boy saw the racquet coming and managed to duck out of the way, however Kyrgios was still criticised for endangering the youngster in the ‘really disturbing’ incident.

“I just want to apologise to that ball kid at the end of the match,” Kyrgios wrote on Instagram.

“It was a complete accident and was frustrated at the end of the match.

“My racquet took a crazy bounce and was never my intention. If anyone knows who that ball kid is, send me a message and I will send a racket to him. I’m glad he’s OK!”

Kyrgios tracked down the ball boy on social media, who accepted the apology, saying he was “completely fine” and looking forward to getting his hands on a racquet from the world No. 40.

The pair then organised a meeting in the ball kids area at Indian Wells on Saturday morning (AEDT) with Kyrgios sharing the moment he handed over a racquet to the ball kid.

“I’m sorry about yesterday, are you alright?” Kyrgios asked as he handed over the racquet.

The 26-year-old was initially defensive when asked about the incident after the match, berating a reporter for focusing on it after a blockbuster quarter-final clash.

“What would you like me to say about it?,” he said. “Obviously, was that my intention? No. Because I threw the racquet. Did I throw the racquet anywhere near him originally? It landed a metre from my foot and skidded and nearly hit him.

“I’m human. Things happen like that. Obviously it was a very misfortunate bounce. I think if I did that a million times over it wouldn’t have gone that way.”

Nadal said last week that the sport needed to impose stiffer penalties to curb outbursts, after Alexander Zverev received one-year probation – but no immediate suspension – following an expletive-filled tantrum in Acapulco.

Nick Kyrgios has apologised for the scary ball kid incident.
Nick Kyrgios has apologised for the scary ball kid incident. Credit: Getty/Twitter

The 24-year-old German Olympic champion apologised after he was defaulted for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after he smashed his racquet against the umpire’s chair and verbally abused him.

“Because these situations are happening more and more often, probably ATP should review things and make decisions,” Nadal said after Friday’s match.

“Not about today’s match because I didn’t see what happened in the end, so I can’t have an opinion … I hope nothing too bad happened because I wish (Kyrgios) the best.

“But if it’s bad, the ATP need to make decisions to avoid that and to stop that because sometimes, even if it’s very unlucky or unfortunate, going right in that moment that something negative will happen.”

– With Reuters