US Open Second Service: Nick Kyrgios issued hefty fine and Coco Gauff clashes with umpire “You’re stealing points”
Looking back on the big news in our exclusive ‘US Open Second Service’… Nick Kyrgios got issued a hefty fine for spitting as Coco Gauff clashed with umpire Rask “You’re stealing points” plus more…
To start, Nick Kyrgios has been fined US$7,500, the biggest penalty of the US Open so far, for spitting in his second-round victory over Benjamin Bonzi.
The Australian talent had to fight hard to put the Frenchman away, describing himself as ‘hanging by a thread’ immediately after the four-set victory.
And that stress came to a fore in the third set, when after a missed volley Kyrgios spat in the direction of his box before going on a tirade of obscenity towards them, shouting: “Go home if you’re not going to f***ing support me bro!”
In other news, Barbara Schett says it is ‘hard to believe the Serena Williams era is over’ after the American bowed out at the US Open.
Williams stated before the tournament that the US Open would be her last, and so her 5-7, 6-7, 1-6 defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic has almost certainly brought an end to her wonderful career.
“It’s hard to believe the Serena Williams era is finished, probably the Venus Williams era is finished as well,” Schett told Eurosport.
Read more about that story here.
Furthermore, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula will feel hard done by after some unfortunate timing late in their US Open doubles first-round match.
With Fernandez and Saville serving up a mini-break at 7-5, Gauff had a volley and then a put-away smash on top of the net, appearing to regain the mini-break to make it 7-6.
But Saville had stopped playing mid-point as a napkin was blown across the court behind Pegula at the baseline, and under the letter of the law the umpire called a let and a replay of the point.
“What! She can’t call that!” Pegula shouted towards the umpire. “She (Gauff) had a sitter on top of the net!”
“You’re stealing points from us!” Gauff interjected.
Read more about the full story here.
And lastly, Iga Swiatek is not being talked about as much as one might expect of a world number one at the US Open, as a certain Serena Williams determines the ebb and flow of attention in New York this year.
Swiatek is by no means upset to have the spotlight taken off her, particularly compared to the scrutiny she was under earlier in the season. A reporter asked in her post-match press conference if it helped her to fly under the radar.
“A little bit, yeah, for sure,” she admitted. “You can see the difference to Roland Garros and Wimbledon when I came back after winning Roland Garros.
“But I would say it doesn’t really matter for me. If I’m going to play well and if I’m going to do my work on court, I know I will be fine in terms of everything that’s going around, you know.
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