At the end of the fight against Khachanov in New York, Nick Kyrgios smashed a couple of rackets before leaving the court just as his opponent celebrated the victory and waved to the crowd. An ugly gesture that has not gone unnoticed.
John McEnroe criticized the Australian’s behaviour: “Nick Kyrgios didn’t do well in the circumstance that he went too far. I understand his frustration with him, but you can’t take the limelight from your opponent just as he waves to the crowd.
Karen Khachanov deserved to enjoy the moment in peace after emerging victorious from a big fight. Kyrgios disrespected Khachanov with that outburst.” At the press conference, Nick expressed all the disappointment with him: “Honestly, I feel like shit.
I feel like I’ve let so many people down. Grand Slams are the only tournaments that really matter to me. Now it’s like you have to start over. I’ll have to wait until the Australian Open to get another chance.
It is devastating and heartbreaking. Not just for me, but also for all those who want to see me win.”
Kyrgios’ run in 2022
Nick Kyrgios’ run at the 2022 US Open came to a halt in the quarters. The Australian had become the bookies’ favorite to win after knocking out Daniil Medvedev, but he failed the litmus test.
A big Karen Khachanov won in five sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium and asserted her regularity, while Kyrgios had to settle for the honor of the weapon. Beyond this painful defeat, Canberra’s talent can look to the future with optimism.
As well as being in the top 20 in the ATP rankings, Nick has taken a more professional approach than before and the fruits of his hard work were immediately visible. It is no coincidence that Kyrgios reached the final at Wimbledon and put a champion like Novak Djokovic in serious trouble. As if that was not enough, he won the Washington ATP with a series of amazing performances.