King of drama Nick Kyrgios has lost the battle to maintain his cool yet again, during his on-court clash against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi at the 2022 US Open, resulting in a $7,500 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The beginning of the controversial Australian athlete’s dramatic spiral began in the second set with a complaint to the umpire that he could smell marijuana from the crowd.
“It was fucking marijuana,” he said.
“It was smoke. Obviously I’m not going to complain about food. When athletes are running side to side and they have asthma, it’s probably not ideal.”
Despite landing a 7-6 6-4 4-6 6-4 win against Bonzi, Kyrgios descended into anger after losing a point, spitting toward his own player’s box and proceeding to swear at his team for lack of support.
“Go home if you’re not going to fucking support me bro,” he yelled across the court.
“You’re not a fucking spectator! You’re not a spectator.
Oops I spitted again…
(???? @eurosport) pic.twitter.com/MHOlCdRH4g
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) September 1, 2022
Spectators were quick to condemn Kyrgios for his “disgusting” behaviour.
Is Nick Kyrgios the most consistently embarrassing player of the last 2 decades?
I mean sure there are others who have, on occasion, exhibited similarly disgusting behaviour. But I can’t think of anyone else whose utter lack of class/decency comes to the fore so often. https://t.co/GFRlGz3OE5
— Musab (@Musab_Abid) September 1, 2022
The same guy who was crying about the smell of marijuana?
— DC (@CocherDaniel) September 1, 2022
He was SO rude to his box during this match… I’d have got up and left if I was them. They don’t deserve to have constant abuse thrown at them for HIS performance on the court.
He’s such a disgusting child.
— Michael J Hutchinson (@MikeTheActorMan) September 1, 2022
Disgusting behavior again from kyrgios. I don’t care who he is playing but I will not watch him again. I hope others will do the same. Kids are watching this behavior ????
— Sheila (@ashrufi) September 1, 2022
Former tennis pro turned commentator Todd Woodbridge said a match with Kygrios is “never without drama” before advising the athlete’s support team to start taking “action” against the on-court tantrums.
“The behaviour is just not helpful and it’s just not healthy,” Woodbridge told 9News.
“The people that are sitting in his player’s box have to take some action. That action should probably be standing up and walking out. They’ve got nothing to do with what goes on the court. It’s up to Nick to make the shots and hit the plays.”
Kyrgios’ latest on-court outburst isn’t the first time the tennis star has hit out at spectators. During this year’s Wimbledon final, Kyrgios labelled a woman in crowd as “drunk out of her mind”.
During the match’s third set that Kyrgios claimed spectator Anna Palus was “drunk” and distracted him.
“She’s distracting me when I’m serving in a Wimbledon final,” he told the umpire.
“There’s no other bigger occasion, you didn’t believe me and then she did it again. It nearly cost me the game.
“Why is she still here? She’s drunk out of her mind and speaking to me in the middle of a game. What’s acceptable?
“Ok kick her out. I know exactly which one it is. The one in the dress, who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks bro.”
Following Kyrgios’ outburst, Palus was removed from the arena. She denied the allegations that she was drunk, claiming she only had two drinks and was only trying to cheer Kyrgios on.