Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios didn’t fail to put on a show during his opener at the US Open on Monday night.
Kyrgios, a six-time ATP champion, started cursing early on and feuding with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes.
Kyrgios was fuming over specific towel placement on the court
When Bernardes asked Kyrgios to place his towel closer to the bins against the wall behind the baseline after he used it to wipe off sweat, the Australian snapped at the umpire.
Kyrgios failed to clinch a win over Roberto Bautista Agut but he didn’t fail to entertain the crowd.
“Look, in the heat of the battle, when you’re getting wiped off the court, it’s never a good thing, so you try and outlet the pressure in many, many ways,” Kyrgios said, per ABC News.
Kyrgios not happy with the treatment
After the match, Kyrgios revealed he was fully vaccinated and he was frustrated with the fact that he was being treated the same as unvaccinated players.
“Look, the towel situation for me is incredibly stupid,” Kyrgios said. “I’m one of the players on Tour that is fully vaccinated. And as of now, I’m getting treated exactly the same as a player that is not vaccinated. I feel like if I want my towel around the court, if it’s not disturbing Bautista Agut’s vision, if he doesn’t see the towel, I don’t see anything wrong with having my towel on the side or on the ground. And it’s just absurd for me.”
Bautista Agut ruotinely handled Kyrgios as he beat the Australian 6-3 6-4 6-0.
“I just got outplayed, to be honest,” Kyrgios said. “All credit to him; he’s a hell of a player. I had a break point in the first set, unfortunately didn’t take it, and little things like that can turn a match when you play a world-class player like Roberto.”