First, there was the lady at the Wimbledon remaining who regarded like she’d had “700 drinks, bro.” This time, it was the scent of weed that set off Nick Kyrgios.
The 27-year-old Aussie was deep within the second set of his second-round match in opposition to Benjamin Bonzi on Wednesday night at the U.S. Open when he turned to the chair umpire and began complaining about the whiff of marijuana being within the air at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Up a set and at 4-3 on serve within the second, Kyrgios requested the umpire to situation a warning to the gang after claiming he had seen and smelled somebody smoking marijuana. On the best way to his bench throughout a changeover, Kyrgios sniped, “You don’t even want to remind anyone not to do it?”
The umpire appeared to suppose Kyrgios was complaining about the scent of meals, although, which didn’t go over effectively with the flamable Aussie.
“It was f–king marijuana,” he shot again. “Obviously I’m not going to be complaining about meals stuff. Obviously not.
“Obviously when athletes are running side-to-side and they have asthma already it’s probably not ideal.”
The umpire addressed the gang as the 2 gamers returned to the court docket, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, a reminder that you cannot smoke on court.”
The ESPN broadcast additionally stated their reporter on the scene likewise confirmed the scent of marijuana. Then Kyrgios went on to shut out the second set, 6-4.
It was hardly the final of his blow-ups, although. Kyrgios was issued a code of conduct warning for spitting on the court docket after being damaged late within the third set, which he went on to lose, 6-4.
This additionally isn’t the primary time Kyrgios has discovered himself amid a marijuana controversy at the U.S. Open. Six years in the past, he prompted a stir in the course of the event when he responded to a Twitter follower confirming that gamers on tour are allowed to smoke weed. A WADA spokesperson later confirmed that marijuana is prohibited throughout competitors however shouldn’t be banned when used outdoors of competitors.
Rant apart, this season has arguably been Kyrgios’ greatest. He reached his first Grand Slam remaining earlier this summer season at Wimbledon, then adopted by profitable the singles and doubles titles on the identical day at the Citi Open in Washington D.C.
That’s not the one excellent news for Kyrgios, both. Marijuana is authorized in New York, so there’s little probability anybody will sue him for defamation.