The Australian bad boy of the tennis courts is at it again. Nick Kyrgios didn’t waste time unleashing his temper on the first day of the French Open yesterday.
As rain pummeled the red clay courts of the Roland Garros, most matches were suspended or even cut after the weather conditions turned worse for play.
After a volatile outburst about the unavoidable weather condition, he was given a code violation by umpire Carlos Ramos, to which Kyrgios replied, “I thought it was really tough.” New York Times reports the 21-year-old was referring to both the rain and the code violation he was given.
Matched up against Italian Marco Cecchinato, Kyrgios won the match with a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-4 score tally.
As the game progressed, Kyrgios demanded a towel from a ball kid amidst the fans’ clamor. The ball kid did not hear him. Kyrgios called his attention by yelling louder. This prompted the umpire to release a code violation against Kyrgios.
This further sparked Kyrgios unruly temper as he objected to the umpire’s hasty call. He believes he has become the victim of “unbelievable bias.”
The DailyMail quoted Kyrgios asking the umpire, “So I go ‘towel’ louder than usual and you gonna give me an unsportsmanlike? Really?”
He even compared his situation to that of Novak Djokovic’s pushing an umpire’s hand away while settling a ball issue on the Rome Masters clay court. He asked why the World No. 1 wasn’t given a violation for doing so while the 17th seeded player immediately gets a violation call.
However, Kyrgios showed his better side when he helped his opponent Cecchinato find a missing tool equipment.
After the game, Kyrgios also tried to win back the media’s favor by complimenting the umpires saying, “All in all, they do a good job.”
Nick Kyrgios is still on the watchlist of Australian Olympic team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller after his and fellow player Bernard Tomic’s behavioral outbursts on the court.
Nick Kyrgios progresses to face Igor Sijsling of The Netherlands for the second round of the French Open.