Defending champion Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire due to a wrist injury midway through his first-round match against Ugo Humbert at the Mexican Open 2020. However, why did the Australian ended up taunting the crowd after pulling out of the ATP 500 event in Acapulco?
Kyrgios faced a chorus of boos around the stadium as he failed to finish the match on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old hence slammed the disrespectful crowd as he was highly disappointed with their reaction.
How Nick Kyrgios was booed off the court?
The No.6 seed struggled to find his range from the first point as Ugo Humbert went off to a flying start to the match. Down 1-4 in the set, Kyrgios took a medical timeout in order to apply the strapping tape to his left wrist. He was certainly struggling as he was hitting single-handed backhand slices instead of double-handed backhand shots.
However, Kyrgios carried on, holding his serve twice before Humbert served out the set 6-3, holding to love. Subsequently, Kyrgios took the strapping tape off his wrist and was forced to surrender from the match.
There were ugly scenes in the stadium as the downcast Kyrgios walked off the court. The crowd sent the Aussie packing with boos all around.
“It’s unfortunate”: Kyrgios
“I couldn’t give a f*ck,” he said of the crowd’s booing during the post-match press conference.
“My wrist is just not ready to play. I could feel it on every backhand. It’s unfortunate after the memories I had last year. It’s tough for me,” the 24-year-old further added.
"No me importa una mier**" 🤯
— Saque Ace (@AceSaque) February 26, 2020
Kyrgios had not played a singles match since the Australian Open 2020. The injury had already seen him pull out of the New York Open and Delray Beach Open in the past two weeks.
With this withdrawal, Kyrgios will lose 500 ATP points as he failed to defend a single point as a reigning champion. As a result, he will drop to No.38 in the ATP rankings from No.23.
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