First, there was the woman who looked like “700 drinks” in the Wimbledon final. This time it was the smell of weed that got Nick Kyrgios up.
The 27-year-old Aussie turned to the chair umpire in the second set of his second-round match against Benjamin Bonzi at the US Open and began complaining about the smell of marijuana in the air at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
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With a set up and serving at 4-3, Kyrgios asked the umpire to warn the crowd after claiming he saw and smelled someone smoking marijuana. “You don’t even want to remind anyone not to do it?” Kyrgios asked as he walked to the bench during a changeover. he shot.
The umpire thought Kyrgios was complaining about the smell of food, but it didn’t go down well with the fiery Aussie.
“It was marijuana,” he replied. “I really don’t complain about food stuff. Obviously not.
“Obviously, when athletes are running side by side and they have asthma, it’s probably not good.”
When the two players returned to the court, the referee addressed the crowd saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a reminder that you cannot smoke on court.”
The ESPN broadcast also said their reporter on the scene detected the smell of marijuana. Kyrgios then closed out the second set 6-4.
It wasn’t the last of the explosions. After being broken late in the third set, Kyrgios was given a code of conduct warning for spitting on the court and lost 6-4.
This isn’t the first time Kyrgios has found himself in the midst of a marijuana controversy at the US Open. Six years ago, he caused a stir when he confirmed to a Twitter follower that visiting players were allowed to smoke weed during the tournament. A WADA spokesperson later confirmed that marijuana is banned during competition but not for out-of-competition use.
Rant aside, this season is arguably Kyrgios’ best. Earlier this summer, he reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, followed by winning the singles and doubles titles at the City Open in Washington, D.C., on the same day.
On Wednesday, he also defeated Bonzi 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, collecting 30 aces on the way, to advance to the third round of the US Open for the fifth time in his career.
“I’m very happy to go through,” Kyrgios continued. “It was a stressful time.