On Tuesday night in Cincinnati, tennis fans from all around the world had the opportunity to witness a complete meltdown of Nick Kyrgios who crossed all the boundaries in the second-round clash against Karen Khachanov! The Aussie fought well in the opening two sets before losing 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 but he made sure to sideline the result and all the good points, opting to verbally attack the chair umpire Fergus Murphy (they had their moments earlier this season as well) almost all the time and produce one of the worst displays we have had a chance to see in the last 20 years!
Nick couldn’t set the limits of his rage and terrible behavior, starting his antics over the shot clock despite a great comeback in the opening set and carrying on until the very end. The worst thing is, Nick would have retired if he had lost the opening set and that would have been the smartest solution as he couldn’t control his anger of language.
Labeling Murphy as “potato,” “worst fuc**ng umpire on the Tour” and “a fuc**ng tool” before spitting towards his chair after shaking hands with Karen, Nick produced his worst action on the court (and he had his roles in the past), moving off the court after the second set only to break two racquets in the hallway, carrying them back on the court as he wanted to provoke another warning or fine from Murphy.
The Irish managed to stay as calm as possible, bringing the match to its end somehow and leaving the tennis world in disbelief after everything they had a chance to see from the troubled Aussie, waiting for the reaction from the ATP.
It came many hours after the encounter was completed and Nick was fined $113,000, experiencing one of the highest fines in the history of the game after all kind of Unsportsmanlike Conducts and Verbal Abuses. The ATP also stated they are now seeking for further actions (during and after the match) under the Player Major Offence section of the code which opens the door for additional fine or suspension.