Nick Kyrgios news: ‘It’s umpire’s job to control crowd,’ says Aussie after lively clash against Daniil Medvedev

Nick Kyrgios gets the crowd excited

Former world No 13 Nick Kyrgios believes the chair umpire should take charge of matches when it gets rowdy with his comments coming after a heated match against Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open.

The 26-year-old Kyrgios was knocked out of the hard-court Grand Slam on Thursday – going down to world No 2 Medvedev 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena.

Kyrgios is known for being a fan favourite especially during at his home Grand Slam, on Tuesday Liam Broady described the traumatic experience of playing Kyrgios as “absolutely awful”.

Broady went down 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 against Kyrgios in the first round at Melbourne Park, but Medvedev turned the tables on the Australian.

“I told the umpire, I also said that in my match against Broady that obviously the media didn’t pick up, but I said, you know, you should tell the crowd not to scream out before, whether it’s me – I don’t really care honestly too much if it’s my serve,” he said, speaking after his loss to Medvedev.

“Obviously big points, no. But if it’s like 40-Love, 1-up, I told the umpire, Tell the crowd to quiet down. My opponent might not like that.”

Kyrgios added: “I think it’s actually the umpire’s job to control the crowd rather than try to be the star, because no one came to watch the umpire play tennis. That’s his job to control the crowd and monitor it.

“Like, a bit of common sense at times, giving someone a time violation at Love-40 down is probably not controlling the crowd. There are other things you could be doing in monitoring.”

Kyrgios, who came into the tournament having not played a competitive match since September, was proud with his display, especially after battling with Covid-19 in the build-up to the major.

He said: “I’m incredibly proud of my performance today. I think if you asked everyone on tour, I think they would probably vote him the best player in the world at the moment. I threw everything I could at him.

“From where I was with my struggles the last four, five months, to be feeling like this and, obviously I had Covid a couple of days before, I’m just proud of the way I responded. If I play 95 per cent of people tonight on that court, I think I win.”

Regarding speculation that this could be his final year in the game, Kyrgios said: “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in a year’s time. I’m probably playing tennis, but I don’t know.”

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