Nick Kyrgios has advanced to the third round of the US Open in trademark style – complaining to the chair umpire of marijuana smoke, being warned for spitting on the court and letting fly with a continual series of expletives at his own support box.
Kyrgios won the first two sets against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi before he began to unravel, losing the third set.
He then steadied to wrap it up 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, despite continuing to hurl barbs at his own support box.
Kyrgios somehow found new grounds for complaint as he told the chair umpire during the third set that he was being affected by marijuana smoke in the air; which commentators said ‘they’d never heard of before’.
Nick Kyrgios gestures towards his box during the third set of his match against Benjamin Bonzo
‘It was f***ing marajiuana. It was smoke. Obviously I’m not going to complain about food,’ Kyrgios could be heard saying in the on-court microphone.
‘When athletes are running side to side and they have asthma, it’s probably not ideal.’
He was then issued with a code violation for abusing his own team, and could be seen releasing a huge spray of spit; earning a conduct warning and disgusting fans in the stadium and those watching from home.
After the match, Kyrgios then took a huge swipe at New York – despite the ‘Big Apple’ being regarded as one of the great cities of the world.
‘It’s very different to the way we live Down Under (in Australia). It’s a crazy place, I don’t know how anyone can live here,’ he said in an interview on-court after his win.
Nick Kyrgios and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi doing some sightseeing in New York prior to his round two clash at the US Open – though he says he doesn’t know ‘how anyone can live here (New York)’
The wheels were well and truly starting to come off and despite being able to close out the second-round match, Channel 9 commentator Todd Woodbridge said it was high time a coach ended his self-destructive tendency to lash out at others whenever he was not playing well.
‘At some point the people who are sitting in his players box need to take some action,’ Woodbridge said on the broadcast.
‘That action should probably be standing up and walking out. They’ve got nothing to do with what goes on on the court. That is up to Nick.’
Nick Kyrgios’ girlfriend Costeen Hatzi watches on at the US Open
Kyrgios insisted during the post-match press conference, however, he was the consummate professional.
‘Every day I come in, I watch what I eat, I try and get sleep …every practice session I try and have good intent,’ said Kyrgios, who can often be seen canoodling and playing around with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi during training.
‘I almost don’t know who I am anymore, to be honest, because that’s not me. I’m trying to balance so many different things out (there) … it’s just a lot.
‘I feel like I’m really professional right now,’ said Kyrgios, in a comment that will no doubt raise a few eyebrows around the tennis world.
Nick Kyrgios vents his frustration during his win over Benjamin Bonzi in the second round of the US open
This isn’t the first time Kyrgios’ has caused a stir at the US Open with remarks about marijuana.
Six years ago, he responded to a Twitter follower confirming that players on tour were allowed to smoke it.
The comment earned the ire of sports doping organisation WADA, with a spokesperson later confirming marijuana use is in fact banned during competition, though it is not prohibited when used outside of competition.
Kyrgios admitted it has been ‘stressful’ for him during the lead-up to the Open, and is relieved to have advanced.
Nick Kyrgios (left) celebrates his second round US Open win over Benjamin Bonzi (right)
‘I was literally hanging by a thread. His (opponent Benjamin Bonzi) level today was incredible. I was not expecting an absolute war,’ Kyrgios said of his stoic opponent.
‘It could have gone either way early in the fourth but I got there. I played some really risky tennis late in that fourth set to win.
‘I’m just really happy to get through. It’s been really stressful time I have high expectations to go deep this week.
‘I felt like he was eating up my serves with his returns. To serve 30 aces helps a lot. When my serve’s going my game follows,’ said Kyrgios.
The animated Aussie has now booked his spot in the third round, where he will take on cult US star JJ Wolf.