Nick Kyrgios is captured once again destroying his racquet in anger and this time it is at the match against Jannik Sinner in Florida at the Miami Open 2022. The Australian was confronted by the court invader following his behaviour of smashing the racquet. He also went on umpire Carlos Bernardes when his walkie-talkie went off mid-point during the Round of 16 fixture.
— Dan Edwards (@ImDanEdwards) March 29, 2022
To recap, Sinner-Kyrgios from 5-3 in the tiebreak
– Unsportsmanlike conduct, point penalty Kyrgios
– NK DF on set point
– NK shouts at umpire Bernardes
– NK destroys racquet, game penalty *on his serve*
– Fan runs on-court for a selfie
– Sinner hasn't said a word, leads 7-6 2-0*
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) March 29, 2022
It is the first encounter between Kyrgios and World No. 11 Sinner. The duo was scheduled to face each other at the BNP Paribas Open this year but the 20 year old Italian pulled off from the tournament following an illness.
This is not the first time fans are seeing unsportsmanlike conduct by Kyrgios. The tennis professional from Australia was caught in cameras smashing his racquet even during his loss against Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells Masters this year. According to New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey, ATP confirmed that Nick Kyrgios was fined a total of $25,000 for the behaviour at the BNP Paribas Open loss against the Spaniard.
ATP confirms Nick Kyrgios has been fined total of $25,000 for incidents at @BNPParibasOpen in loss to Nadal
$20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, which is the maximum for any single infraction, for post-match racket toss
$5,000 for audible obscenityhttps://t.co/Y5fsHkTynE
— Christopher Clarey 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 🇪🇸 (@christophclarey) March 25, 2022
Meanwhile, the game between Sinner and Kyrgios ended in favour of the Italian who advanced to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open following a 7-6(3), 6-3 score. The 2021 runner awaits the winner of Tiafoe vs Cerunsolo.