Only 20, Nick Kyrgios continues to find himself embroiled in controversy. The hot-headed Australian got into it with chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani during a comfortable first round win over Diego Schwartzman.
The incident took place in the third set just after Kyrgios lost serve to go down 4-2 following a close call.
Kyrgios threaten to not play anymore unless the head referee was called.
“Sometimes you get lost in the heat of the moment a little bit,” Kyrgios said. “I thought the call was wrong, to be honest. I thought it was a replay.
“I just wanted to get the guy that was in charge of the referees. He was already sitting out there. I’m not too fussed about the call to be honest, but if it was more a crucial time in the match, or deeper in the tournament, that could swing things. Shouldn’t be something that can be taken lightly. You got to make the right call there.”
Kyrgios was also heard saying “dirty scum”, but not to the chair he says.
“I wasn’t referring to the ref at all there. Yeah, I mean, it was towards myself. But, yeah, I mean, obviously I knew you guys were going to ask me about that.”
When pressed why someone one call oneself a scumbag, Krygios curtly responded, “Cause I can.”
Ranked No. 144 a year ago, Kyrgios stunned Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal. Now he’s No. 29 and says he’s full of confidence after improving his fitness.
“I think physicality is a massive one,” he said of the one year change. “Three or four years ago I couldn’t really move around a tennis court. Massive improvements there.
“I think just confidence definitely, you know, competing with the top guys, winning some of these close matches, I think that’s given me massive confidence. I’ve just improved in a lot of areas in my game.”
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