WATCH: Nick Kyrgios handed hefty fine for US Open spitting incident
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!”
The world number 25 was then given an unsportsmanlike conduct warning by the umpire. This is the second Slam in a row where the Wimbledon finalist has been fined for spitting, copping a US$10,000 fine in the first round at SW19.
In his post-match press conference, Kyrgios described feeling some of the biggest pressure on himself at the moment and that now is a ‘stressful’ time, but no reference was made to the spitting incident.
Kyrgios faces wildcard JJ Wolf next after the American emphatically defeated 16th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and came past Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo in four sets in his next match.
On his day off from singles, Kyrgios teamed up with friend and Australian Open championship partner Thanasi Kokkinakis, defeating the pair of Lorenzo Musetti and Hugo Gaston 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to extend their Slam win streak in 2022 to 7-0.
They are currently sixth in the doubles race to the ATP Finals, and could enter as a Slam-winning pair even if they do not make the qualifying cut, something Kyrgios confirmed they plan to do back at Wimbledon.
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