Nick Kyrgios lived up to his reputation in the semifinals Rafael Nadal In the 2022 Indian Wells. It was a tough match, with shoulder slams, mid-game tantrums, heated exchanges with the referee and a late-game smack of a racquet.
Kyrgios got into an argument with a heckler who kept yelling throughout the game. The Australian previously received a code violation after smashing his racquet. While trailing 6-0 in the tie-breaker of the opening set, Kyrgios berated the heckler who interrupted him during his serve. He received a point penalty and lost the first set.
However, the heckler continued with his unruly behavior and the chair umpire, Carlos Bernard didn’t let him get away with it. He called him out and said he was the only one stopping the game amidst thousands at the stadium.
“Ten thousand people wanting to see tennis here and you’re the only one screaming like crazy‘ said Bernardes, which was met with thunderous applause from the crowd.
Earlier, Kyrgios was angry at the referee and engaged in a heated exchange of blows. He berated the referee for not intervening sooner and accused him of doing a “terrible job”.
“How long? If you had done something about it before, maybe it wouldn’t have happened. It keeps happening. Look at the damn score. It’s your job to control that. If you allow that to happen over and over again . Say something” he said.
“It’s bull***t man. The crowd can’t shout anything. You see how it affects players, bro. You’re doing a terrible job with it. They don’t protect the players from all that stuff.”
“You shot, just be quiet”: Nick Kyrgios has a stern answer for the heckler
Still furious at the heckling, Kyrgios gave him a stern direct message at the post-match conference.Don’t tell me how to play…just shut up.’ The Australian said it was obvious the crowd would support Nadal but said it was inappropriate to stop play while he was serving.
“I just want people to know that you’re a spectator. They bought tickets to see us play. At least don’t yell before the first and second serves. I know if you play Rafa 99% of the crowd will choose these guys. If you are a spectator and you are watching professionals play tennis, you should be quiet. Don’t tell me how to play. For example, you couldn’t win a single point against Rafa Nadal. Just sit in your seat and watch me play tennis. That’s it,” he said.
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