Twenty-seven-year-old stormy Nick Kyrgios managed to beat the Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi after sets 7:6, 6:4, 4:6 and 6:4, perhaps the unexpectedly thorny course of the match spiced up the unconventional moment. And once again, the controversial tennis player Kyrgios was in the lead, in which anger was awakened after he allegedly smelled marijuana from the audience.
The 27-year-old Australian complained to the head judge after the second set, to whom he first described the incident, after which he asked him to admonish the spectators. “You don’t want to remind someone not to do that or something?” the Australian asked the referee. Kyrgios also mentioned that as an asthmatic it makes breathing difficult. “When an athlete is running from side to side and has asthma, it’s probably not ideal,” he explained.
The anger of the Australian tennis player did not subside even a few minutes later. “It was fucking marijuana. Marijuana. I felt it. Of course I’m not going to complain about the food or anything like that,” continued Kyrgios angrily, who even had to spit on the court several times. The truth of his words was also confirmed after the match by an ESPN reporter who also smelled marijuana.
The referee finally listened to Kyrgios and addressed the packed audience. “Ladies and gentlemen, I remind you that you cannot smoke on the court,” the judge reminded.
In the end, it had no effect on the Canberra native’s progress, but the whole situation was still discussed at the post-match press conference. “People don’t know that I’m a severe asthmatic. It’s not something I want to breathe during exchanges,” added the Australian star, who will face American talent Jeffrey John Wolfe in the third round of the US Open.