Kyrgios vs. Djokovic ain’t happening. Here’s why. (Thread). Karen Khachanov d. Nick Kyrgios 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 Kyrgios was 7-6, 4-3, and 0-30 on the Khachanov serve. Didn’t break. Kyrgios served and went up 5-4, but said Fergus Murphy was starting the shot-clock too early.
Kyrgios was not warned for a time violation. Just irritated at the perceived time the Chair Umpire was starting the clock between his service points. Ranted at 5-4 sit down that the same didn’t happen to Nadal. This argument at Murphy continued for the rest of the match.
Khachanov, amidst the meltdown, won the second set on a tie-break. Kyrgios screamed that Fergus Murphy, who appeared to have done little wrong, was ‘THE WORST F****** REF EVER!!!’ Code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct, point penalty. Set all.
Kyrgios left the court for a ‘bathroom break’. Took two racquets with him. Camera in corridor saw him get out of sight, smash both against the wall, and return, not having gone to the bathroom, with two broken racquets. Ranting continued for next 4 games until 2-2.
Final 4 games took 9 minutes - combination of Khachanov’s good play and Kyrgios losing the plot. He tanked the final game, blatantly. Kyrgios walked to Fergus Murphy, didn’t shake hands, said to his face ‘You’re a f****** tool, bro’. And spat onto ground in front of the chair.
Karen Khachanov’s composure was impressive. Fergus Murphy handled it all incredibly well. Kyrgios‘ behaviour was perplexing, ridiculous, and at the end, disgusting.
sort of. reading through the comments, it seems the first was for swearing after the 2nd set, 2nd was time violation for regripping his tennis racquet after the above.Nick just seems to be finding ways to lose his s***. I had the match on in the background at work and from the tennis it all seemed like a normal close match. Does he like the attention of all his temper tantrums or something? What a weird way to lose it, did he even get a time violation?
The shot clock is started after the score is announced. After long rallies the crowd usually clap and cheer and delay the umpire from announcing the score. So from that perspective, there is a discrepancy in time allowance at times.In Nick's defence If they started a shot clock directed at him I'd be annoyed also, Rafa takes an eternity and I've never seen him pulled up on it.