Nick Kyrgios didn’t need long at the US Open to get a fine against his name. Already in the second round, the “bad boy of tennis” was punished by the organizers.
The Australian overcame Benjamin Bonzi in four sets, spitting once during the match and repeatedly using profanity during his tirade.
Nick went in and got into a conversation with the ref to complain that his court smelled like marijuana, and that was not a good situation for him, as he suffers from asthma and expends a lot of energy running after the ball.
The referee asked the audience not to smoke around the tennis players.
The offense that cost Kyrgios $7,500 was spitting in the direction of his personal box. After being broken late in the third set, he directed insults at one of the people standing there:
“Go home if you’re not going to support me bro, you’re not just a spectator.”
During his admirable run to the Wimbledon final, Nick received numerous fines, including one in the final when he accused one of the women in the stands of having consumed around 700 drinks. In the first round, he was again fined for spitting on the court, and in the third – for calling for the referee to be replaced.
Earlier in the year, Kyrgios admitted to the podcast Turn Up The Talk that the fines he received during his career probably exceeded $500,000.