LOOK: Nick Kyrgios smashes rackets after US Open loss, says non-Grand Slam tournaments are ‘a waste of time’


Nick Kyrgios’ US Open run got here to an finish after a five-set match in opposition to Karen Khachanov on Tuesday evening’s quarterfinal spherical. The Australian star didn’t have a smashing begin, however he definitely ended the match that approach. 

After competing for 3 hours and 39 minutes, Khachanov walked away with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(7-3,) 6-4 victory. The two gamers shook the chair umpire’s hand, and Kyrgios started strolling in the direction of his chair however determined it was not time to place his racket within the bag but.

Instead, Kyrgios smashed it 3 times after which threw it on the hard-court floor. The visibly bent racket went flying into the air, however Kyrgios had not had sufficient. He pulled out a second racket that additionally suffered an analogous destiny.

There had been some concern a couple of attainable knee harm within the first set, however Kyrgios stated it was not an enormous deal. He credited Khachanov’s expertise, particularly his serve. Although it was a good competitors, Kyrgios stated for him it felt prefer it was “either winning it all or nothing at all.” During the press convention, the Australian star stated he felt like he had failed. What made it much more irritating, he admitted, was the truth that he was recent off taking down world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev.

“I feel like s–t. I feel like I let so many people down,” he stated.

Khachanov was requested concerning the racket incident, and he stated he understood the place Kyrgios was coming from. 

“I mean it’s painful. I think it hurts for him, and it would be the same for me if I lose that match,” Khachanov stated. “It’s never easy to lose five sets because you give it your best throughout the whole match.”

This will not be the primary time Kyrgios has smashed a racket, it is not even the primary time he is carried out it on this competitors. During the primary spherical doubles match in opposition to Hugo Gaston and Lorenzo Musetti, each Kyrgios and his companion Thanasi Kokkinakis threw their rackets, though not fairly on the similar time. When Kyrgios did it, Kokkinakis appeared extra calm and even helped his teammate choose it up. After he handed it to him, Kyrgios threw it once more. The racket was too broken to make use of, so he gave it to a fan within the crowd. The Australian pair received eradicated within the spherical of 16. 

Kyrgios’ reactions have change into an element of what makes him an entertaining participant to look at, however not protecting his cool has definitely price him. During his second spherical win over Benjamin Bonzi, Kyrgios had an outburst towards his gamers field. He ended up getting fined $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he was seen swearing and spitting on the courtroom — the biggest fantastic ever given out on the US Open.

After dropping to Khachanov, Kyrgios was requested if he was carried out for the 12 months or if he would compete in different tournaments. He didn’t appear too , saying he felt like he wanted to begin once more and look ahead to the Australian Open.

“I think pretty much every other tournament during the year is a waste of time really,” Kyrgios stated. “You should just run up and show up at a Grand Slam. That’s what you’re remembered by.” 

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