Nick Kyrgios is once again at the centre of a controversy after labelling tennis ‘biased’ and saying that the game is ‘ruined’ during his Miami Open clash with Andrey Kuznetsov.
The Australian won the match 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals, an achievement that will see him reach a career-high ranking, but it’s not his victory or ranking that dominated post-match headlines.
The 20-year-old was issued with a code violation during the first set of the match when he swatted a ball into the stands after it had been thrown to him by the ball person, narrowly missing some spectators.
Less than impressed with chair umpire Cedric Mourier’s decision to hand him a code violation, Kyrgios unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at the next change of ends.
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“Anyone else, like Rafa did that, you would keep it cool,” Kyrgios said. “This game is biased as anything. You all know it as well. It’s biased as s***, this game. What else has it got to hide? It’s ruined. Absolutely ruined.”
This is not the first time that Kyrgios has courted controversy this month. At Indian Wells, he aimed a rant littered with foul language at an umpire after he was caught using expletives on court and docked a point.
The young gun was also infamously handed a suspended 28-day ban and a $US25,000 fine for his sledging of Stan Wawrinka at the Montreal Masters last August.
Kyrgios will face Milos Raonic in the Miami Open quarter-finals.