Nick Kyrgios cops a fine for spitting on court at US Open
Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with a $7,500 from organisers of the US Open for ‘spitting and audible obscenities’ committed during his victory over Benjamin Bonzi.
It is now the second time this year Kyrgios has been fined for spitting at a Grand Slam.
The Aussie firebrand was also hit with a sanction during his run to the Wimbledon final, on that occassion appearing to spit towards a spectator.
Kyrgios was shown spitting in the general direction of his player’s box and he followed this up with an outburst directed at one of his invited guests.
The Australian was apparently upset with a lack of support from his player’s box as he was heard yelling.
Kyrgios raced out to a two set lead in the match before dropping the third set and giving up a break in the fourth.
It was at that point that the meltdown occurred.
The broadcast microphones picked up: “Go home if you’re not going to f****** support me, bro.
“You are not a spectator.”
While he did not address the incident directly in the post-match press conference, Kyrgios did delve into how much he feels under pressure to perform since Wimbledon.
“I just don’t want to let people down. I feel like I’m representing so many people. I know how much work goes into it with my team, there’s a lot of people supporting me,” he said.
“I feel like this is probably the most pressure I’ve had on myself. I know that I’m capable of going to a Slam final now and I really want to achieve. I want to bring my team with me. I want to do it together.
“I’m definitely a perfectionist on the court. I feel like I can play like four or five great points, then I play one point and I’m going nuts. It’s OK, I don’t know. It’s hard.
“I want to have success with certain people. I want to do it. That’s probably why I’m having such high expectations and standards.”
Kyrgios also complained that he could smell marijuana while out on the Louis Armstrong Stadium court in his match against Bonzi.
The 23rd seed will be back at the secondary stadium court to face American JJ Wolf which could create a tinderbox waiting for Kyrgios to provide the spark.
Fans in the UK hoping to take in the Kyrgios show tonight will have to wait until at least 01:30 on Saturday morning.
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