Kyrgios Halts Play Over Unfair Umpire Call

February 5, 2021 by

Nick KyrgiosAustralian tennis star Nick Kyrgios caused quite the scene during his second-round match at the Murray River Open. Kyrgios had been notably frustrated over the limited time permitted between serves and could be heard repeatedly complaining about this during his match with Harry Bourchier.

Due to health and safety protocols, there are no longer any ball kids present on the courts to carry towels to players. The result is that players now have to make their way to the back of the court in order to retrieve the towels themselves, as needed. The biggest problem with this is that the serve clock continues to count during the process, which ultimately also led to Kyrgios being pinged for a time violation during the second set.

When Kyrgios responded to the ping by informing the match umpire that his “service motion” had already started by the time the counter had reached zero, which the replays ultimately proved correct, the umpire refused to budge on the penalty, causing it to remain in place. To this, the Aussie responded by halting play altogether, and calling for the court supervisor to explain the rule and the ruling.

While on the bench waiting to be addressed by the court supervisor, Kyrgios reportedly accused the umpire of making the incident all about himself, instead of simply doing his job and getting on with it. He also told everyone within earshot that it wasn’t as if the crowds had come to see the umpire do his thing.

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