Rafael Nadal is already ousted from the 2016 Miami Open but his name was dragged in another tennis controversy after Nick Kyrgios mentioned the Spaniard in another on-court outburst from the 20-year-old Australian.
“Anyone else, like Rafa [Nadal] did that, you would keep it cool,” Kyrgios accused an umpire in his match against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, according to an ABC.net.au report.
“This game is biased as anything. You all know it as well. It’s biased as s–t, this game. What else has it got to hide? It’s ruined. Absolutely ruined.”
Also mentioned by the ABC report, it stated that when asked about the incident and his statement against the umpire regarding the bias for Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios stood by his words.
The outburst is just the latest for the Australian tennis prospect, who is known for his temperamental attitude inside the court and has been penalized before for using expletives while playing. In 2015, he trash talked top player Stan Wawrinka and Kyrgios was also penalized for his actions.
Kyrgios won over Kuznetsov, 7-6 (3) 6-3 and will face Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. In the other QF match-up, Kei Nishikori will take on Gael Monfils for another spot in the semifinals. Already in the final four of the tennis tournament in Miami are World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and David Goffin.
It remains to be seen if Kyrgios’ play will be affected after his accusations to the tennis umpire. Rafael Nadal has not commented on the issue on the latest Kyrgios outburst.
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