Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios had another meltdown in a 7-6, 6-3 loss to Jannik Sinner at the Miami Open.
Kyrgios repeatedly exchanged foul words with chair umpire, Carlos Bernardes. The Aussie did so because he saw Bernardes’ inability to control the crowd. Kyrgios received a point penalty in the first-set tiebreaker after telling a friend in the stands that he could do a better job of officiating.
Towards the end of his first set, Kyrgios shouted, “Unbelievable! This is one of the biggest tournaments and you guys can’t do your job. It’s embarrassing. You wonder why no one watches this sport. It’s a laughing stock.”
Nick then went on and smashed his racket on the ground. He faced deduction of a point for ‘unsportsmanlike’ conduct, which he was not happy about.
Nick Kyrgios clears up his stance on the Miami Open meltdown
Nick Kyrgios has said he does not care about receiving further sanctions. He has also refused to apologise for his outburst in the match against, Jannik Sinner at the Miami Open.
Kyrgios also insisted Bernardes should bear some blame for what transpired on court. He said, “When everyone in that crowd is booing an umpire, and he’s becoming the centre of attention, that’s not his job. Because no one in that entire stadium bought a ticket to see him talk or play or do what he does.”
The Aussie even cleared his stance on the situation through his social media. He wrote, “Don’t get it twisted. I got mad respect for @janniksin he is one of my favourite players and he was TOO GOOD. I am aiming all of this at an umpire who clearly ISNT GOOD ENOUGH to be doing these matches. Nothing but a slap on the wrist for him right? What a joke.”
Don’t get it twisted. I got mad respect for @janniksin ⚡️⚡️ he is one of my favourite players and he was TOO GOOD. I am aiming all of this at an umpire who clearly ISNT GOOD ENOUGH to be doing these matches. Nothing but a slap on the wrist for him right? What a joke.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 30, 2022
This isn’t the first time Kyrgios has lost his cool during a match. He has previously been fined $25,000 (£19,000) for an incident during a match against Rafael Nadal earlier this month.
A spokesperson for the Miami Open ATP said Kyrgios was fined $20,000 (£15,000) for unsportsmanlike conduct and $5,000 (£3,800) for an audible obscenity.