Tennis - Wild thing Kyrgios escapes US Open banishment

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Tennis - Wild thing Kyrgios escapes US Open banishment
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Nick Kyrgios of Australia serves against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during his men's singles first round match on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ELSA)

- Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios came within a rant of US Open disqualification on Monday after a stormy first round win over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Kyrgios, the man who famously sent Rafael Nadal careering out of Wimbledon this year, picked up three code violations in his gruelling 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (7/1) over the 21st seeded Youzhny, a semi-finalist in 2006 and 2010.

When he collected his third early in the fourth set after a series of rowdy outbursts, he was just another warning away from being kicked out.

"I guess it was just heat of the moment," said world number 60 Kyrgios, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon.

"I was frustrated the way I was playing, and, yeah, it was just all that sort of stuff. It was just an outburst, and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time I play."


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