On Sunday, Nick Kyrgios was defeated 6-3 7-5 by Reilly Opelka in the ATP Houston semi-finals. The Australian was given a walkover to face the American in the quarterfinals, but he was on the back foot as soon as he was broken in the opening set, falling 3-1 behind. After a tumultuous start to his campaign, Opelka pressed his advantage to close out the first set, and the fiery Australian cut a disgruntled figure on the court yet again.
The ATP had warned earlier this week that following a succession of on-court tantrums, notably Kyrgios’ at the Miami Open, they would begin to punish players more harshly. Nick Kyrgios was fined $35,000 for four offences, and now he faces even more scrutiny. He was obviously enraged in the second set after what he thought to be a terrible call by the umpire, but he rebounded to 5-5 and still had the match to play for. However, he was penalised a point for swearing when down a breakpoint, and the result rapidly swung against him.
Fans on Twitter react in fury over Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour
Ardent tennis fans are furious as the Aussie repeats the same behaviour on the court again.