‘The Worst Idea Was to Move It From Key Biscayne’ – Nick Kyrgios Rants in the Middle of the Match at Miami Open

Published 03/24/2022, 1:50 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – JULY 29: Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts after losing the second-to-last point in a match he ultimately lost to Cameron Norrie of Great Britain at the Truist Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 29, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Casey Sykes/Getty Images)

After an exhilarating week of tennis in Indian Wells, the action has shifted to the second half of the ‘Sunshine Double’ in Miami. Last week saw the local hero, Taylor Fritz, and in-form, Iga Swiatek lifting the trophy at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. With the main draw matches underway at the Miami Open, some of the stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and the recently retired Ashleigh Barty are missing from the tournament.

Further, Nick Kyrgios is a wildcard entrant in men’s singles. He was up against Adrian Mannarino of France in the first round. The Australian defeated his French opponent in straight sets 7-6 (3), 6-3 in just over an hour and a half. During the match, Kyrgios was unhappy with the venue of the tournament.

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Nick Kyrgios opens up about the change in venue of the Miami Open

The Australian ranted in the middle of the match about the shift in the venue of the tournament from Key Biscayne. He said, “The worst idea was to move it from Key Biscayne….why did they move it…what was wrong with the event…what was wrong with Key Biscayne. Perfect tournament at Key Biscayne they should have left it there?”

The tournament was held for 32 years at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. However, it was shifted to the Hard Rock Stadium in 2019 in order to offer the fans better facilities. The new venue boasts of better parking, bigger spaces, and elevated experiences. Furthermore, the stadium court has a 13,800-seat stadium with 360-degree LED boards. It will help improve the overall fan experience at the Miami Open. The Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Open’s new venue is certainly elegant and grand. However, Kyrgios is not the only one to express his disappointment about this shift. The 2018 Australian Open champion, Caroline Wozniacki had openly expressed her sadness about Miami Open leaving the Crandon Park in 2018 as well.

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Mar 23, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) hits a forehand against Adrian Mannarino (FRA) (not pictured) in a first round men’s singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Kyrgios advances to the second round in Miami

Coming to Kyrgios’ first-round match against Adrian Mannarino, the Australian dominated the match right from the word go. Moreover, he was strong on his serve and didn’t let his opponent any chance of making a comeback. Furthermore, the fact that Kyrgios didn’t face any breakpoints in the match is a telling story of how dominant he was on his serve.

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In the second round, Kyrgios will face Andrey Rublev, who is in fine form this year. Can Kyrgios dig deep at the Miami Open this year?

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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