When Nick Kyrgios gets involved in some controversy or another, is anyone even surprised anymore? The temperamental Australian has been in the news for his antics more time than he in the news for his skills. Now, Kyrgios recently lost to Karen Khachanov in Cincinnati and felt that the chair umpire cost him. So, he called him out after the match and spat in his direction.
Then, during the second set, Nick Kyrgios began to rail against the chair umpire, Fergus Murphy, accusing him of starting the shot clock too early. The meltdown soon escalated to a new level as Rafael Nadal’s name was unexpectedly dragged in.
Afterwards, he refused to shake Murphy’s hand, had another temper tantrum and stomped off to sulk. This was not the first time the Aussie clashed with Murphy, and will certainly not be the last time either. Sometime during the match, Kyrgios asked for a bathroom break, was denied, but went anyway, carrying two racquets. He then emerged back on court with both racquets badly mutilated and possibly needing a funeral.
Meanwhile, a mildly amused Karen Khachanov simply decided to wait and watch the eventual implosion. The final score read, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the round of 32 of the Western and Southern Open 2019 on Wednesday.
— Sandy (@nycsandygirl) August 15, 2019
Nine News Australia’s coverage of Kyrgios’ meltdown against Khachanov: “Nothing Nick Kyrgios does is shocking anymore. Today he took his brattish behavior to a whole new level…The world wonders why he even bothers.” https://t.co/O4XJYuYJz4
— Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) August 15, 2019
Nick Kyrgios, August 5 2019: "I have changed my bad habits."
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) August 15, 2019
Life as one of Nick Kyrgios' racquets can often be short-lived… 😳 pic.twitter.com/4lvc8vl7oU
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 15, 2019
BANG, BANG!! 💥💥
Nick Kyrgios absolutely DESTROYED two racquets and the commentators lost it 😂 😂
Watch the Cincinnati Masters live on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/q2d2dTeND3
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) August 15, 2019
Nick Kyrgios and his bathroom ‘break’ pic.twitter.com/mdvyul5VAh
— James Dart (@James_Dart) August 15, 2019
— Paul (@paulpackers) August 15, 2019
Why are the antics of Nick Kyrgios tolerated. He should have been Dq’d and fined 30 minutes ago. What a joke
— Adam Blecher (@BearcatfanAdam) August 15, 2019
Find someone who loves you as much as Nick Kyrgios loves to hate tennis and umpires and life. pic.twitter.com/y9GZB2HF2V
— Ian Shantz (@IanShantz) August 15, 2019
I don't really follow tennis, so my interest basically revolves around two things: the grand slam finals, and what crazy shit Nick Kyrgios has been up to https://t.co/jF8ffs0mfS
— Greg Morland (@morlando_bloom) August 15, 2019
#NickKyrgios is a rock star to his fans, but all I see is a disturbed uber talent whose antics on court are so disrespectful to his opponentsand chair umpires. Last night was so unpleasant to watch. I don't know how Khachanov didn't scream "Shut up!"
— Donna Doherty (@GraniteBayGirl) August 15, 2019
I used to wake up and immediately ask, What dumb thing did Trump do?
Now I wake up and immediately ask, What dumb thing did Nick Kyrgios do?
— Amy (@BlessAmysHeart) August 15, 2019
Say what you will about him, Nick Kyrgios is must watch television.
— James McKern (@jLmcKern) August 15, 2019