NICK KYRGIOS was involved in a different row with an umpire in the course of the US Open as his opponent asked him if he wanted to “play f****** tennis”.
Following knocking out Steve Johnson in the 1st round at Flushing Meadows, the 24-year-old then branded the ATP as “corrupt” following his £93k fine at the Cincinnati Masters.
Towards the finish of the second set, Kyrgios lots his temper at British umpire James Keothavong immediately after he claimed he was distracted by folks walking to their seats even though he was serving.
He asked Keothavong at the finish of the ninth game: “Is that your job? Why are you not searching at folks coming in on my 1st serve?
“Obviously as I toss the ball, I saw it – that is your job. Why are you searching at me when I serve? It does not make sense.”
An angry Johnson was left fuming more than his antics, as he asked the Aussie poor-boy: “Do you want to play f****** tennis or host a s***show.”
Kyrgios ignored the American’s comment as he at some point eased into the second round of the US Open immediately after winning six-three, 7-six, six-four.
The former Wimbledon quarter-finalist was then asked what he created of the record-breaking fine he was provided at the Cincinnati Masters final month immediately after he smashed two rackets, even though he also verbally abused umpire Fergus Murphy.
He mentioned: “The ATP (Association of Tennis Experts] is fairly corrupt anyway. I’m not fussed about it at all.
“I was fined $113,000 (£93,000) for what? Why are we speaking about one thing that occurred 3 weeks ago, when I just chopped up somebody 1st round of a US Open?”
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Kyrgios is no stranger to outbursts on the tennis court, with the six-time ATP champion hitting the headlines against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon final month.
And he was involved in a different bizarre row with an umpire at the Rogers Cup earlier this month more than a white towel.
Though he also threw a water bottle at an umpire’s chair at the Citi Open, prior to claiming it slipped out of his hand.