Monday 26 August 2019

Kyrgios fumes at Irish umpire's 'joke' decision

Nick Kyrgios appeals to the umpire on court one during day four of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. Photo: PA
Nick Kyrgios appeals to the umpire on court one during day four of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. Photo: PA

Irish tennis umpire Fergus Murphy found himself on the wrong end of Nick Kyrgios's verbal volley as the outspoken Australian accused officials of "rigging" his first-round match at Queens and admonished himself for "playing FIFA until 3am".

Kyrgios launched an expletive-ridden rant at the Dublin-born umpire after missing a set point against Roberto Carballes Baena, claiming the Spaniard had double-faulted.

"Bro you are taking the f****** p*** mate?" said the 24-year-old, who won the match 7-6 (4), 6-3. "The ball was this far out, no joke. No joke. What are you doing? It's so far long. What are you doing? Like, what are you actually doing up there? It was this far out. Bro, it's taking the p***. I refuse to play."

After Murphy issued a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct, Kyrgios continued his tirade. "It couldn't have been further out. What are you doing? Jesus. Was that not out, the second serve? It's a joke, man. It's a serious joke," he said. After another point, Kyrgios added: "The ball was this far out on the second serve. I'm going. I'm not going to give 100 per cent when I've got linesmen rigging the game, I don't want to play."

Having won the first set on a tie-break, Kyrgios was closing in on the match when he hit a poor lob to gift Carballes Baena a point. "So lazy, do something, so lazy you are," he said to himself. "You were playing FIFA until 3am, what do you expect?"

As if that were not enough, Kyrgios faced a second match due to rain delays, and was beaten by Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.

Andy Murray enjoyed a winning return to competitive action in the doubles as he and Feliciano Lopez sank top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6, (5) 6-3.

Irish Independent

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