Tense tennis match between Kyrgios and Tsitsipas in Washington


Nick Kyrgios’ week in Washington was eventful and built to a crescendo on Sunday when he played against Stefanos Tsitsipas, the same player he had played doubles with earlier in the week.

Kyrgios managed to win the first set 6-4, but started falling in the second set, leading 2-0 before losing momentum.

Cheers from the crowd began to annoy Kyrgios, who then began to swear so much that the commentators had to apologize for the language of the file echoed by the microphones in the field.

His frustration led him to crush his racquet on the ground, crushing a point violation for the blast.

As Kyrgios continued his verbal tirade, Tsitsipas won the second set 6-3.

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In the final set, Kyrgios continued his words with the crowd, asking them where he should serve in his final game.

The match was later delayed because Tsitsipas had a problem with the laces in his shoes. There was a delay when he couldn’t find spare shoes behind his back and these were grabbed by Kyrgios. Moments later the same problem with the laces arose, and it seems to be a lingering issue during this tournament. At one point, cameras even caught Tsitsipas’ father removing his own shoelaces and putting them back on.

Another unusual element in the game was Kyrgios’ unusual pre-match preparation. While most of the pros stretch out, Kyrgios was spotted playing table tennis against the kids – enjoying the game as much as them.

Kyrgios ended up coming away with the victory after a very suspensive encounter, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).


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