Nick Kyrgios Continues to Take Dig at Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Toilet Breaks, Gets Code Violation at US Open 2021

Published 08/31/2021, 12:22 AM EDT
Aug 9, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Nick Kyrgios of Australia discusses a call with the chair umpire during a match against Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


Two contrasting personalities, Nick Kyrgios and Roberto Bautista Agut, battled each other in the US Open 2021 opening round. Consequently, the Louis Armstrong Stadium saw the two exhibit their exceptional qualities on the court. However, Kyrgios had some complaints about the court conditions.

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Since the Aussie star is one of the biggest servers in the sport, fast hard courts suit his game the most. Typically, hard courts in Flushing Meadows do deliver fast-paced matches. But, it is the night session, where the courts turn a bit slower than during the daytime.

Aug 9, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Nick Kyrgios of Australia goes to return a ball to Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Expressing his mind loudly, Kyrgios stated the courts were ‘not playing fast enough.‘ As a result, the Spaniard Bautista Agut took advantage of the conditions as the Aussie’s serve took a colossal blow.

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Roberto Bautista Agut dominates Nick Kyrgios in US Open 2021 R1

Coming into this match, both Kyrgios and Bautista Agut had some inconsistent performances on their back. However, given the American Grand Slam repute, they understood the stakes.

Unsurprisingly, the Aussie maverick also brought his temper for this match. It, most certainly, has a history of elevating his game. Yet, it was the disciplined Spanish who took the opening set 6-3.

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In the second set of the match, Kyrgios did not stop talking about the court conditions. Clearly, he felt uncomfortable; however, lack of match time could also be responsible for it.

Meanwhile, the calm and composed Spaniard stayed in the game and registered a break in the second set. Conversely, the restless Kyrgios received a warning for a time violation at 5-3 down.

Additionally, Kyrgios argued with the chair umpire that if Stefanos Tsitsipas can take 20 minutes bathroom break, how does he get the time violation. Undeniably, there was so much to come from this encounter.

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Who will Kyrgios or Bautista Agut play next in the US Open 2021?

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According to the draw, the winner between Kyrgios and Bautista Agut will play Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round. The Finnish professional defeated Kamil Majchrzak 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain returns a ball to Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, either of them could potentially face fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the third round. Hence, a win in the opening round will boost their confidence for the bigger battles up ahead in their US Open campaign.

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Who do you think will go to the next round? The score as of now, 6-3, 6-4* in favor of Bautista Agut.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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