Nick Kyrgios’ US Open lasted lower than two hours, however it nonetheless had its share of controversy.
Kyrgios was demolished by 18th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0, although it appeared most of his animus was directed at chair umpire Carlos Bernardes.
Kyrgios constantly feuded with Bernardes over the location of his towel, based on ESPN. The chair umpire requested that the fiery Australian put it nearer to the bins towards the wall, which triggered a number of eruptions from Kyrgios wherein he known as it a “f–king joke” that he needed to stroll “20 additional steps.”
“Look, the towel scenario for me is extremely silly,” Kyrgios mentioned. “I’m one of many gamers on Tour that’s absolutely vaccinated. And as of now, I’m getting handled precisely the identical as a participant that’s not vaccinated.
“I really feel like if I need my towel across the courtroom, if it’s not disturbing Bautista Agut’s imaginative and prescient, if he doesn’t see the towel, I don’t see something fallacious with having my towel on the aspect or on the bottom. And it’s simply absurd for me.”
Past the theatrics, it was a very disappointing efficiency for a participant of his stature. The 26-year-old has now misplaced within the first spherical of three straight occasions within the hardcourt season.
Kyrgios has publicly been essential of his fellow execs because the onset of the COVID pandemic as the game’s contributors have been significantly sluggish to get vaccinated. The Telegraph reported that not more than half of the gamers are vaccinated proper now.
Kyrgios has additionally spoken cryptically in current months about his tennis future, saying, “I don’t actually really feel like my physique and my thoughts fairly perceive the severity of some factors.”
He didn’t win lots of them on Monday night time and he let everybody find out about it.
“Look, within the warmth of the battle, while you’re getting wiped off the courtroom, it’s by no means a very good factor, so that you try to outlet the stress in lots of, some ways,” Kyrgios mentioned.