US Open great urges ATP to ‘step up’ after Jenson Brooksby and Nick Kyrgios racket incidents
Two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin has taken to social media pressing the ATP to step up its sanctions in response to recent racket-throwing incidents involving Nick Kyrgios and now Jenson Brooksby.
World number 39 Brooksby was in a heated battle with Federico Coria of Argentina when he lost his temper and threw his racket to the court, which bounced towards a ball person.
After the match, which the American won, he apologised personally to the ball person, to the public on live TV and on Instagram.
This is a better view of the Brooksby incident. 2 scenarios for a default (per a Supervisor)
1) The contact, even if unintentional, creates a serious injury.
2) If the act is intentional. So let’s say a player tried hit a ball at the umpire, but missed, that’s a default. pic.twitter.com/ECepplpkqq
— Rob Koenig (@RobKoenigTennis) March 25, 2022
Austin noted that Brooksby threw his racket twice, with the above incident being the second occurrence of the match.
She added: “Kyrgios IW (Indian Wells) also, ATP step up please.”
Here Austin refers to the moment after Kyrgios lost to Nadal in the quarter-finals when he threw his racket in anger and it bounced up and towards the head of a ball boy, who had to evade the racket.
Was calling the match-Brooksby threw his racket twice. After losing 1st set threw hard on ground in front of his chair, ricocheted to Coria’s side. 2nd time-Ballboys shouldn’t have to be leaping out of way of hurling rackets. Kyrgios IW also. @atp step up please
— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) March 24, 2022
Some fans on social media have also drawn comparisons to when world number one Novak Djokovic was defaulted at the 2020 US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball.
As such, they called for Brooksby to have been disqualified from the match, something his opponent Coria also pleaded with the umpire on.
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