US broadcaster ESPN has dropped commentator Doug Adler after he compared Venus Williams to a "gorilla" at the Australian Open -- although he insisted the word he used was "guerrilla". ESPN said Adler should have been more careful during his coverage of the seven-time Grand Slam-winner's win over Stefanie Voegele. "During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection," an ESPN statement said.
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Melbourne (CNN)After earning a warning for bad language, receiving a point penalty and attempting a questionable between-the-legs shot deep in the fifth set of a defeat at the Australian Open, the reception for Nick Kyrgios wasn't warm as he awoke Thursday. Any hope that tennis' bad boy would make a quick transformation evaporated faster than one of his aces, as Kyrgios was called out by national and international onlookers for his baffling display. The 21-year-old made the front page of the online version of the Australian newspaper with the headline: "Kyrgios adds to shame file." The online version of another broadsheet, The Age, labeled his outing against veteran Andreas Seppi a "bizarre performance"