Australian Open warm-up: Kyrgios smashes racket at Murray River Open

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A annoyed Nick Kyrgios smashes his racket after dropping some extent towards Croatia’s Borna Coric throughout their Murray River Open match in Melbourne right this moment. The Australian misplaced the warm-up match forward of Australian Open.
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Melbourne: Nick Kyrgios was warned for dangerous language and docked some extent for unsportsmanlike conduct after the Australian threw his racquet into the stands throughout Friday’s 6-3 6-4 defeat by Borna Coric within the Murray River Open at Melbourne Park.

Kyrgios’ issues started early on Friday as he struggled with a left knee difficulty and wanted remedy halfway by the match on the Australian Open warm-up occasion.

“I can’t serve with out ache. After I land it feels unstable,” native media quoted Kyrgios as telling a coach between units.

“I’ll most likely simply play another recreation. I’m serving at like 170(kph) as an alternative of 220.” The 25-year-old, enjoying his first match in almost a 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, soldiered on and was warned by the chair umpire for swearing at 4-4 within the second set. After his serve was damaged, he smashed his racquet and threw it into the empty stands.

On Wednesday, Kyrgios had wanted assurances from a match supervisor that he wouldn’t be fined by the ATP for his behaviour within the final spherical towards Harry Bourchier earlier than agreeing to play on.

In different spherical of 16 matches on Friday, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy upset sixth-seed Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4 whereas Briton Dan Evans received the opening set of his match with Marcos Giron earlier than rain stopped play.

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