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“ATP never defends their players” – Nick Kyrgios rails at ATP for the different treatment as he compares his offense to Denis Shapovalov

Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov
Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov

Nick Kyrgios‘s journey at the 2022 Miami Open ended on a sour note. His meltdown against the referee grabbed headlines more than his defeat against it Jannik sinner. However, the Australian has refused to apologize for his actions. Kyrgios even insisted he doesn’t care about receiving more sanctions for not apologizing to the referee.

The Australian was absent from some of the match umpire’s decisions Carlos Bernard. Kyrgios lost his calm in Indian Wells a week ago when he faced him Rafael Nadal. He was fined $25,000 for racket abuse and verbal profanity against the same Brazilian referee.

A week later, he wasn’t happy with him either, as Kyrgios wasn’t amused by Bernardes when his walkie-talkie went off mid-game in the first set. The Australian raged in the verbal altercation as he called him “an absolute clown” and also found him “embarrassing”.

Kyrgios continued to rage and after already receiving a code violation for an audible profanity, when the score was 5-3 in the first set tie-break he was given a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct as he appeared to be chatting up a friend in the crowd.

Things didn’t end there as Kyrgios, unsatisfied with all the decisions thrown at him, smashed his racquet in anger and received a match penalty right at the start of the second set. He eventually lost 7-6(3), 6-3 to Sinner, who retired from the Miami Open.

Nick Kyrgios hits the referee again at the press conference

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios spoke to AFP about the referee Carlos Bernardes controversy, stressing that the Brazilian is not good enough to do his job. “I just don’t think he (Bernardes) controls the crowd very well at all.” the Australian told AFP.

“For the points penalty that was all I said to my team Matthew Reid, an ex-player, could do an equally good job. If that’s worth a penalty point at a Masters event, I think that’s ridiculous.”

He also stressed how fans have come to see tennis and Jannik Sinner and he should be the center of attention rather than the match referee. “When everyone in the crowd boos a referee and he becomes the focus Attention, that’s not his job. Nobody in the stadium came to see him talk or do what he does.”

“They have Jannik Sinner, one of our biggest stars and, not to honk, the majority of people are there to watch me play.” Kyrgios added.

The Australian went on to share how the referee’s feelings were hurt by what he said and also pointed out how the crowd booed Bernardes. “And you have a guy speaking while I was 40-0. He has spoken. I thought, ‘What are you doing?’ In fact, the crowd hated him so much that they told him to shut up.

“If you’re being booed by the crowd, you’re not doing a good job. He did it about himself and apparently his feelings were hurt by it what i said and what said the crowd. You can’t be like that if you’re a referee.” he concluded.

Kyrgios shoots at ATP

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios

The Australian was also furious at the post-match press conference when he questioned the different fines as he shared he really cares that he gets hefty fines for his actions. He said, “Well, it’s not that I don’t care, I just don’t think it’s fair. Like I just hate bringing up the same things over and over again. but Shapovalov nailed a ball in someone’s eyeball and got 5 grand. I can throw a bat at Indian Wells, haven’t even hit anyone, and I get 25 grand.”

He questioned the ATP and said: “Where’s the balance? How much do I bring for the sport? That’s the problem with tennis, we don’t protect our stars at all. We love to cast them off and be full of bad mediums. ATP never defends its players, never stands up for them.”

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