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Nick Kyrgios Miami Open 2022

WATCH: ‘Do you feel bad?!’ – Nick Kyrgios directs another outburst at umpire

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Former world number 13 Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston in controversial fashion after losing to America’s Reilly Opelka in the semi-finals. 

The Australian received a walkover in the quarter-finals to be awarded the clash against the the big serving Opelka, but he was on the back foot from the off as he went 3-1 down in the first set. He never recovered, losing the first set 6-3.

It was a tighter contest in the second, however it was overshadowed by the behaviour of Kyrgios. At a crucial stage in the second set, where the score was 5-5 and 30-15 in favour of the Kyrgios, the World number 94 lost his cool and composure following an apparent error from umpire Joshua Brace. who failed to call a Opelka forehand return out.

He went on to be broken and lose the next two points and then was then given a point penalty after his second warning for foul language on court. Opelka was then up 6-5 and comfortably served out the game to win the match and advance to the final, winning 6-3, 7-5.

At the final changeover, the man from Canberra continued to vent his anger screaming ”F***! F****** out! How are you not calling it? It’s an absolute joke”. He even asked the umpire after the match, “Do you feel bad? I don’t think you feel bad.”

The incident comes only a week after Kyrgios was handed several code violations for the use of foul language, was docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct towards the umpire and fined total of $35,000 (£25,000) following his defeat at the Miami Open to Jannik Sinner. 

Nick Kyrgios will also be expected to face a harsher punishment as a result of his actions, with the ATP announcing stricter sanctions on such behaviour earlier this week.

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