Even ‘Superbrat’ John McEnroe says Nick Kyrgios ‘went too far’ with an epic meltdown after US Open defeat – as Aussie reveals devastation at result and suffers a hefty fine
- Tennis “superbrat” John McEnroe has challenged Australian star Nick Kyrgios
- At Eurosport, McEnroe described Kyrgios’ behavior as “unbecoming”.
- Kyrgios, 27, followed, losing an epic five-set game to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals
- Kyrgios was fined a total of $47,000 by officials over ongoing outbreaks in New York
Original tennis ‘superbrat’ John McEnroe believes Nick Kyrgios crossed a line following his epic collapse on court shortly after his quarterfinal loss at the US Open.
Kyrgios, 27, was fined $20,700 by ATP officials after losing his temper and smashing two racquets after being beaten in five sets by Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
The Australian shook hands with his opponent and the referee before leaving a trail of debris on the pitch at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
He was also fined for spitting early in the tournament, causing the Canberra native to lose $47,000 from his two-week stint in New York.
McEnroe – no stranger to letting his emotions get the better of him during his own career – felt at Eurosport that Kyrgios needed to show better control.
‘That [blow-up] was after the game so it was a little lewd,” he said.
Original tennis ‘superbrat’ John McEnroe believes Nick Kyrgios crossed a line after collapsing on the court shortly after his quarterfinal loss at the US Open
Kyrgios, 27, was later fined $20,700 by ATP officials after losing his temper and smashing two racquets when he was beaten in five sets by Russia’s Karen Khachanov
“I understand he’s frustrated – but this [outburst] is if [Karen] Khachanov walks to the center of the court (and says): “Thank you to the eight people who were on my side.
“So that went too far – (and) I know something about it.”
Kyrgios’ post-match antics also sparked widespread condemnation of tennis figures.
“It’s not great, it’s not great at all,” Australian superstar Todd Woodbridge said in a Channel 9 comment.
American journalist Nigel D’Souza described it as a “national embarrassment for Australia”.
CNBC’s Jude Sannith went further, tweeting: “Am I a terrible person to say I’m really glad Kyrgios didn’t win?
“This behavior is disgraceful and has NO place in ANY sport. And just the fact that viewers and some pundits are romanticizing and promoting it by saying, “It’s good for the game” makes it worse.”
McEnroe – no stranger to letting his emotions get the better of him throughout his own career – felt at Eurosport that Kyrgios needed to show better control (McEnroe is pictured at Wimbledon in 1981).
In his post-game press conference, Krygios knew he’d missed an opportunity at Flushing Meadows
In his post-game press conference, Krygios lamented his missed opportunity at the last Grand Slam in 2022.
“I honestly feel like shit. I feel like I let so many people down,” he said. “I just came out flat, not feeling well physically.
‘I am devastated. But all credit goes to Karen. He’s a fighter. He is a warrior.
“He just played the big points well. There really wasn’t anything in there. I feel like I just failed at this event. That’s how it feels.”
After years of not fulfilling his potential on the ATP Tour, Kyrgios has finally shown tennis fans what he’s capable of in recent months.
He reached the Wimbledon final and won the Citi Open in Washington before making the last eight in the Big Apple.
He also clinched the men’s doubles title with compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis at Melbourne Park earlier this year.
Kyrgios will now head home with his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi and his support crew to visit his ailing mother.
He is expected to start in the top 20 in the world in 2023 and will be seeded at the Australian Open next January.