Nick Kyrgios is in the third round of the Murray River Open, but not before some drama, having left the field and briefly refused to play due to a questionable time violation appeal.
Kyrgios’ full package was well and truly on display as he flashed his array of brilliant shots and serves either side of the blast in the 6-2 7-6 win over Harry Bourchier.
The incident happened with Kyrgios serving 40-30 with the scores tied 5-5 in the second set, when chair umpire Nacho Forcadell called him out for a time violation.
Kyrgios, who had complained the entire game about the service timer running in time to reach the towels, contested the call and left the pitch, refusing to play until a supervisor is called.
“I just started serving, this is my motion – what are you talking about?” he said to Forcadell.
“My movement starts here, buddy. I’m not playing – get (the supervisor) out, I want to see him.
“Yeah, I don’t understand, that’s why I want to talk to him.
“I was serving, why do we have to call him?” he added later as the exchange continued.
“Do you think it’s funny? Is that what you’re doing it for? I was serving. So every move is the same? Every technique is different.”
Kyrgios wasn’t the only one scratching his head at Forcadell’s call, with the commentary team also in the Australian’s corner.
“I have to admit that I didn’t expect a time violation to be called,” Peter Marcato said on the cover of Nine.
“As a referee you never want to be part of the game,” added co-commentator Marc Lucero.
“It’s something that can probably be managed on the changeover, to give Nick another warning and tell him to keep moving forward.”
Eventually, Kyrgios’ wishes were granted when supervisor Cedric Mourier came onto the pitch and allowed the Australian to explain himself.
“I saw the clock, it was at 3, 2, 1, like at 1, I’m shooting my serve and he calls a time violation. I wasn’t bouncing the ball, I was serving, so it’s ridiculous.” , did he declare. Mourier.
“Tennis isn’t about him, it’s extra to make sure all this shit goes smoothly. So why does he feel the need to do this?”
“You know I have to go back and forth to get my towel now so he’s a smart ass and calls a time violation and now I have to be fined. I just want to understand why these guys think this ‘is about them. “
The stop came at an inopportune time for Bourchier, who was just starting to kick off, and he seemed annoyed by the whole exchange.
“Cedric, can we give up and continue playing or not?” he asked Mourier.
Eventually the pair resumed play, but not before Bourchier asked Kyrgios on the other side of the pitch why he couldn’t wait for a break to discuss the time violation.
“I wanted to talk about it now,” Kyrgios said. “I lost enough money for these peanuts.”
After the contest, Kyrgios offered additional insight into why he refused to play until the issue was resolved.
Kyrgios’ questions are used for timing
“I just like playing by the rules,” he told reporters.
“I just didn’t want to play until I made sure I wasn’t fined.
“Harry is a great player. We used to play together in Canberra, we know each other well, we know each other’s games. He’s a great player. It was fun.”
The victory means Kyrgios will face Croatian Borna Coric in the third round, but the 25-year-old wasn’t ready to think about his next clash.
“I’m not even going to think about it now,” he said.
“I’m just going to have a glass of wine and relax.”