It’s never a dull match when Nick Kyrgios is on the court.
Seeded 28th at the U.S. Open, Kyrgios had little trouble dispatching his first-round opponent, Steve Johnson. Kyrgios won in straight sets, 6-3, 7(7)-6(1), 6-4. But that wasn’t the story. With Kyrgios, it never is.
Once again, Kyrgios took out his inner turmoil on a hapless umpire and, in truth, the entire world of tennis. Here he is, lighting up the umpire for not containing fans who were walking into the arena during points:
And here he is telling himself that he made some unfortunate career choices:
Johnson, Kyrgios’ opponent, had enough of the tantrums. “Stop [expletive]ing around and let’s play tennis,” Johnson said. “Do you want to play [expletive] tennis or host a [expletive] show?”
Kyrgios kept the momentum going after the match, when he accused the entire ATP of corruption. Asked about the $113,000 in fines he picked up earlier in August, Kyrgios shot back, “ATP's pretty corrupt, anyway, so I'm not that fussed about it at all.”
Then he expressed amazement that anyone would be interested in how he self-immolates at seemingly every tournament. “Why are we talking about something that happened three weeks ago, when I just chopped up someone [in the] first round of U.S. Open?” he said.
This won’t be the last we hear of Kyrgios at the U.S. Open, from any angle.
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