Kyrgios loses his temper before overthrowing Tsitsipas in Halle
The unstable Aussie received a warning for taking too long to return Tsitsipas’ serve as he trailed 2-0 in the second set and then summoned the supervisor to express his displeasure. —Photo Reuters
Thursday, June 16, 2022 04:53 MYT
HALLE WESTFALEN, June 16 — Nick Kyrgios was embroiled in a heated argument with the referee over a time violation before pulling himself together to defeat world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas 5-7 6-2 6-4 and qualify for the ATP quarter-finals. 500 Halle Open on Wednesdays.
The unstable Aussie received a warning for taking too long to return Tsitsipas’ serve as he trailed 2-0 in the second set and then summoned the supervisor to express his displeasure.
“He said I was playing too slow – statistically I’m one of the quickest,” Kyrgios told reporters after reaching his second straight quarter-final following his last four appearances in Stuttgart last week.
“I had to walk the sidelines to get my towel, there’s this thing called 30 degree Celsius sweat running down your hands. I needed to wipe my hands and he gave me a warning. The 27-year-old added that the crowd at the OWL Arena helped him improve his game after dropping the opening set to claim a third career victory over Greece’s Tsitsipas and continue his impressive run towards Wimbledon.
“The support I get from crowds all over the world is amazing. They want me to come out and put on a show,” he said.
“I’m happy to still be able to produce this level with the tournaments I play. It’s proof that I work hard when I’m not playing. Kyrgios, who is not seeded, will face Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta on Thursday. —Reuters