It took just two games for Nick Kyrgios to start muttering angrily to himself in his first round match at the Australian Open — then take aim at someone’s girlfriend.
The Aussie failed to take advantage of a break point in the first game, then was broken in the second as Frederico Ferreira Silva took a 2-0 lead in the opening set.
Waiting to receive again, Kyrgios seemed to say it was “unbelievable” he’d coughed up an early lead and chastised himself for his early bungle.
“Are you awake? You’re saying one thing for two games,” Kyrgios said to himself.
His murmurings were followed by a marathon third game and after botching a seventh break point, Kyrgios shouted to a member of his entourage: “Tell your girlfriend to get out of my box.”
It’s unclear who the comment was directed at, though his brother Christos was seen in his box ahead of the match.
The vocal release seemed to work as Kyrgios finally broke back and then held serve for 2-2.
Kyrgios maintained the rage for the rest of the set and took the opener 6-4.
He’s had a truncated lead-in to the year’s first grand slam as COVID-19 interrupted things but there were signs his temper was fraying as he played a warm up even in Melbourne last week.
Kyrgios struggled with a knee injury as he crashed to a straight sets defeat to Borna Coric at the Murray River Open on Friday. The 25-year-old received a warning for an expletive-laden tirade at 4-4 in the second set as f-bombs were the order of the day, then he cracked it completely after being broken, smashing his racquet and throwing it into the stands which, thankfully, were empty.
That dummy spit comes after Kyrgios lost his cool in his second round match against Harry Bourchier, where he blew up about receiving a time violation and threatened to walk off the court.