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Haters told to back off Nick Kyrgios, but Tomic…?

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has called for critics to give Nick Kyrgios a break.

The controversial youngster, 23, earned more criticism after a typically dramatic defeat in Round 1 of Australian Open last night, in which he threw his racquet and could be heard swearing.

But Dr Carr-Gregg says Australians need to be more patient.

“I think you and society has progressively become less tolerant, and so quick to judge,” Dr Carr-Gregg said to 3AW Mornings host Heidi Murphy.

“I’d love to know what you were like at 23.

“This is a young man whose made $6.27 million in prizemoney alone — a lot of money very young.

“Brains are fully developed in boys at around about 25.”

Heidi: So we ignore all bad behaviour before then? We excuse the fact that they’re being child-like little brats?

Dr Carr-Gregg: No, I want you to have a developmental perspective.

Dr Carr-Gregg said the manner in which Krygios deflected questions about Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt after his first-round exit on Tuesday night showed a new level of maturity.

But on Bernard Tomic, Dr Carr-Gregg was less tolerant…

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