Nick Kyrgios ranted to the chair umpire just three games into his Cincinnati clash with Taylor Fritz as he complained about the “standards”. The world No 28 took issue with the court surface and fans walking in and out between points as Renaud Lichtenstein warned he would be penalised for his x-rated language.
Kyrgios is facing Fritz in his second round at the Western & Southern Open, but grew frustrated during the third game as the 11th seed held for a 2-1 lead and started ranting towards the chair umpire. “The highest level we play in and you guys can’t get something like that right. It’s embarrassing,” he could be heard saying as he approached his bench for the first changeover of the match, annoyed with the flickering of the on-court screens.
“Do something about it,” he told Lichtenstein, who responded: “I told you, I called already. And I’m gonna call again and again and again.” The Aussie then voiced other frustrations he’d had during his opening match on Tuesday as he started ranting and swearing, being warned that he would be penalised for his language.
He chuntered: “Yesterday you couldn’t even clean this f****** thing up. I was drinking someone else’s water. Today the screens. What about tomorrow? Standards. Standards.”
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