Nick Kyrgios refuses to play US Open match in shirt collar row | Tennis | Sport


Kyrgios has already got himself in trouble at the US Open for calling the ATP ‘pretty corrupt’.

But he strode onto Grandstand for his second round match with Antoine Hoang this evening to a huge ovation from the fans.

Yet within minutes, the Australian had already upset the officials.

During his warm-up, Kyrgios lifted up his collar to reveal the words ‘Just do you’, a play on the Nike slogan ‘Just do it’.

However, the match umpire told Kyrgios he was not allowed to play with the phrase on show.

Kyrgios then called the match supervisor and told him: “I wanna see the rule. I wanna see the rule.

“I’m not going to play until you show me the rule.”

After a back and forth with the official, Kyrgios left his chair and walked to the back of the court and signalled his intention to play.

And in the opening game on Hoang’s serve, Kyrgios broke the Frenchman to take an early lead.


Kyrgios has been under the spotlight this week after he claimed the ATP were ‘pretty corrupt’ for handing him a $113,000 fine for bad behaviour at the Cincinnati Masters.

The 24-year-old attempted to take back those comments and instead claim there were double standards within the sport.

But former world No 4 James Blake dismissed Kyrgios’ assertions.

“I think a double standard is sometimes earned,” Blake said on Tennis Channel.

“I think it is by your behaviour, by your reputation, by what you have done before.

“And for me, it is tough to say what is the double standard when there isn’t someone else to compare it too.

“Who else on tour has thrown a chair? Has called an umpire a bleeping tool? Has spat at an umpire and has done those kind of things?

“You can’t really compare it someone else and say what was their fine. No one has done that.

“So if you want to say you’ve been punished harshly, you can agree there. But you can’t say someone has done the exact same things.

“Some guys have gotten fines and done something but they’ve done it once and they’ve never had any encounter again. So the fines are going to be different there.

“With Nick Kyrgios, you’ve got a history of these things and he is going to be punished harshly.

“And that’s not necessarily a double standard. That’s an earned reputation.”


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