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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Kyrgios accused of filthy act in umpire spat


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Nick Kyrgios has taken his ongoing feud with experienced chair umpire Fergus Murphy to a nuclear level, accused of spitting in the official's direction after a fiery loss.

Kyrgios went off the rails in his Cincinnati Masters clash with Russian world No.9 Karen Khachanov and his running battle with Murphy ended in ugly fashion.

The Australian blew a one-set lead to self-destruct from late in the second set, with the following 40 minutes turning into a farce. Kyrgios engaged in a constant verbal battle with Murphy as he slumped to a 7-6 (2) 6-7 (4) 2-6 defeat.

Kyrgios explodes after point penalty

While the theatrics wore thin on the commentators and the crowd, which regularly jeered Kyrgios in the third set, it came to a shocking conclusion with the angry 24-year-old storming off the court while telling Murphy he was "a f---ing tool".

He skipped the customary handshake with the umpire, before an alarmed member of the Tennis TV commentary team alleged Kyrgios had "spat in Murphy's direction" and would face a hefty fine.

It was just the latest chapter in what has become the most fraught player-umpire relationship in world tennis, with Kyrgios making known his disdain for Murphy on several occasions prior to this match.

Just two weeks ago Murphy drew the ire of Kyrgios, with tennis' most polarising star refusing to shake the umpire's hand at the end of a match during his winning run in Washington.

With Kyrgios cruising with a one-set lead against Khachanov, it was Murphy's use of the serve clock that filled the court with tension.

Kyrgios is renowned for being one of the fastest players on the tour, taking very little time between his serves, yet he claimed Murphy was hurrying him by starting the serve clock too early.

Despite the fact that he did not cop a time violation, Kyrgios became furious at Murphy, starting a running commentary on his umpiring as the second set progressed towards a tiebreaker.

He even managed to bring another of his feuds into it, using Rafael Nadal as the example to prove the logic he was raving about.

"You're telling me Rafa plays that quick every service point? Every service point is played that quick? Every time, yeah? That's hilarious bro. Hilarious!" Kyrgios ranted at Murphy at the change of ends when he led 7-6 (3) 5-4.

Then, turning to his player's box, he continued: "Rafa's playing that quick? Hilarious! That's hilarious. Hilarious! I miss the ball, this guy starts the clock. Bro, if Rafa plays that quick I'm retiring. From tennis! Absolute rubbish. Rubbish. Disgrace."

Then back to the umpire: "Get me some footage of Rafa playing that quick, that game. If you can find any of that I'll shut my mouth, I'll never speak again. I guarantee you will find none of that. None. Non-existent. Non-existent."

After that point Kyrgios unravelled, constantly baiting Murphy until the umpire finally lost patience at the end of the second set, which Khachanov won in a tiebreak, 7-4.

At the change of ends between sets Kyrgios described Murphy as "the worst umpire ever" and was given his second code violation, constituting a point penalty.

Kyrgios rips chair umpire

Enraged even further, Kyrgios took a bathroom break, taking two racquets with him up the tunnel before being caught on camera violently smashing them both before returning to the court.

According to the rules, Kyrgios should have been awarded his third code violation at that point, which would have seen him penalised a game and brought him within an inch of disqualification.

While Murphy used his radio to try to find out what had happened, he was seemingly unable to confirm if or how Kyrgios had destroyed his racquets, allowing the Australian to return to the court to start the third set with the loss of just one point.

However, from that point on the result started to look inevitable as Kyrgios put all his energy into his battle with Murphy, allowing Khachanov to seize full control.

Nick Kyrgios has taken his ongoing feud with experienced chair umpire Fergus Murphy to a nuclear level, accused of spitting in the official's direction after a fiery loss.

Kyrgios went off the rails in his Cincinnati Masters clash with Russian world No.9 Karen Khachanov and his running battle with Murphy ended in ugly fashion.

The Australian blew a one-set lead to self-destruct from late in the second set, with the following 40 minutes turning into a farce. Kyrgios engaged in a constant verbal battle with Murphy as he slumped to a 7-6 (2) 6-7 (4) 2-6 defeat.

Kyrgios explodes after point penalty

While the theatrics wore thin on the commentators and the crowd, which regularly jeered Kyrgios in the third set, it came to a shocking conclusion with the angry 24-year-old storming off the court while telling Murphy he was "a f---ing tool".

He skipped the customary handshake with the umpire, before an alarmed member of the Tennis TV commentary team alleged Kyrgios had "spat in Murphy's direction" and would face a hefty fine.

It was just the latest chapter in what has become the most fraught player-umpire relationship in world tennis, with Kyrgios making known his disdain for Murphy on several occasions prior to this match.

Just two weeks ago Murphy drew the ire of Kyrgios, with tennis' most polarising star refusing to shake the umpire's hand at the end of a match during his winning run in Washington.

With Kyrgios cruising with a one-set lead against Khachanov, it was Murphy's use of the serve clock that filled the court with tension.

Kyrgios is renowned for being one of the fastest players on the tour, taking very little time between his serves, yet he claimed Murphy was hurrying him by starting the serve clock too early.

Despite the fact that he did not cop a time violation, Kyrgios became furious at Murphy, starting a running commentary on his umpiring as the second set progressed towards a tiebreaker.

He even managed to bring another of his feuds into it, using Rafael Nadal as the example to prove the logic he was raving about.

"You're telling me Rafa plays that quick every service point? Every service point is played that quick? Every time, yeah? That's hilarious bro. Hilarious!" Kyrgios ranted at Murphy at the change of ends when he led 7-6 (3) 5-4.

Then, turning to his player's box, he continued: "Rafa's playing that quick? Hilarious! That's hilarious. Hilarious! I miss the ball, this guy starts the clock. Bro, if Rafa plays that quick I'm retiring. From tennis! Absolute rubbish. Rubbish. Disgrace."

Then back to the umpire: "Get me some footage of Rafa playing that quick, that game. If you can find any of that I'll shut my mouth, I'll never speak again. I guarantee you will find none of that. None. Non-existent. Non-existent."

After that point Kyrgios unravelled, constantly baiting Murphy until the umpire finally lost patience at the end of the second set, which Khachanov won in a tiebreak, 7-4.

At the change of ends between sets Kyrgios described Murphy as "the worst umpire ever" and was given his second code violation, constituting a point penalty.

Kyrgios rips chair umpire

Enraged even further, Kyrgios took a bathroom break, taking two racquets with him up the tunnel before being caught on camera violently smashing them both before returning to the court.

According to the rules, Kyrgios should have been awarded his third code violation at that point, which would have seen him penalised a game and brought him within an inch of disqualification.

While Murphy used his radio to try to find out what had happened, he was seemingly unable to confirm if or how Kyrgios had destroyed his racquets, allowing the Australian to return to the court to start the third set with the loss of just one point.

However, from that point on the result started to look inevitable as Kyrgios put all his energy into his battle with Murphy, allowing Khachanov to seize full control.

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