The unseeded Russian tennis player, Andrey Rublev defeated eight-seed tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas and now, he thrashed the 28th seed, Nick Kyrgios at the US Open 2019. The Australian surrendered 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to Rublev and ended his US Open campaign.
During the match, he claimed about ‘being blinded’ on the big American court, demanded a linesman to be removed and claimed video games were destroying him. Just after the three games of the first set, Nick Kyrgios complained that he was struggling to see and being blinded by the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I throw the ball up in the air and I can’t see for, like, 30 seconds after,” he said and demanded eye drops from the tournament physio. Soon after that, towards the end of the opening set, the linesman reported to the chair umpire for ‘audible obscenity’ and from his changeover chair, Kyrgios yelled, “whistleblower” to the linesman and asked the chair umpire, Eva Asderaki to “get him (linesman) off”.
“I said I can’t see a thing. That’s all I said,” the fiery ATP player, Kyrgios claimed to the chair umpire. Nick Kyrgios held his service in 43-seconds and pushed the set into the tiebreaker in the first set and later lost the set.
“Gaming, bro. Call of Duty has ruined me,” the Canberra native, Kyrgios yelled at the beginning of the first set and then claimed, “I don’t even want to be here, bro. I just wanna be home.”
Tennis followers on Kyrgios’ Call of Duty Yelp!
"Call of Duty" has ruined me, bro! I can't see a thing!@NickKyrgios to his box 😜
😳 NK is struggling with the "bright lights" in Ashe 🏟️
— TRAVEL&Sports (@travel__Sports) September 1, 2019
“Call of duty has ruined me, I can’t see a thing” – Nick Kyrgios. 😂😂😂😂. What is happening. #USOpen
— ViVi B (@ViVi_RFObsessed) September 1, 2019
"Call of Duty has ruined me, I can't see a thing."
😂😂😂 Never change Nick Kyrgios. #USOpen
— Dylan 🐍 (@dyleel) September 1, 2019
— Creatiffdutch (@creatiffdutch) September 1, 2019
"Playing Call of Duty has ruined me, i cant see a thing"
Nick Kyrgios just now on court 🐐
— Chef “#WarPascal” Harry (@maseurharry) September 1, 2019
— Tim Fanning (@TimFanning1293) September 1, 2019
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📍Another Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game
— Daniele Vallotto (@danielevallotto) December 30, 2018
Unable to over outplay the Russian, the World Number 30, Kyrgios dropped a service game in the third set and Rublev pulled off his US Open third-round victory over Nick Kyrgios in one hour and 51 minutes.
“He played great tonight. Was super aggressive. I never felt comfortable,” Kyrgios said. “That was just credit to him playing his game. Yeah, it was tough. I mean, I had chances. I just didn’t take them … nowhere near my best tennis, but it is what it is.”
Nick Kyrgios slammed a total of 31 aces in the match and held two opportunities to break Rublev’s serve. In the fourth round of the US Open 2019, Rublev will meet the Italian, Matteo Berrettini.