- Bad boy Nick Kyrgios moaned about towels as he got dumped out of the US Open.
- The tennis star argued with the umpire. He said collecting his own towel was: “F—ing stupid.”
- Kyrgios lost in straight sets to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the tournament.
Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the US Open in typically explosive fashion as he was defeated 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 by Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Australian was visibly annoyed during the game and was heard complaining that the towels inside the Louis Armstrong Stadium were too far away.
Since the coronavirus pandemic, ball girls and boys are no longer allowed to carry towels. It is a rule that means players must walk to get their own.
Kyrgios received a code violation for exceeding the shot clock between points from chair umpire Carlos Bernardes, before starting an argument with the official.
“So I have to walk back to the box to wipe my arms because I’m sweating and I get a time violation, but someone can go to the bathroom for 20 minutes and it’s OK? Explain it to me. It doesn’t make any f—ing sense.
“My job is to come out here and play for the people. Not to walk back and forth to my towel. It’s not my job. It’s my towel. I should be able to put it wherever I like on the court, really,” he said according to The Guardian.
Bernardes replied that it was part of the game, which set Kyrgios off once more.
“It’s not part of the game. So texting someone’s part of the game, too? Taking 20-minute bathroom breaks is part of the game? That’s part of the game. Everything’s part of the game.
“I need to take a s–t. Ah, part of the game. It’s f—ing stupid.”
In the second set, the 26-year-old received another code violation for launching a ball into the stands.