Nick Kyrgios has been fined $2,500 for not being ready to start his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Umpire Jake Garner issued the violation after the 22-year-old Australian tennis player spent longer than 60 seconds changing his shirt at his chair following his warm-up, according to The Herald Sun.
It is the second fine for the Australian tennis player for the tournament.
Nick Kyrgios was fined $2,500 on Tuesday for not being ready in time to start his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open in Melbourne
He has also been charged $3,500 for lashing out and telling a fan to ‘shut the f… up’ in round one at the Australian Open.
On Sunday night, Kyrgios was called on two foot faults in the second and third sets against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, with officials claiming his back foot dragged across the centre marker of the base line.
Kyrgios, who was fighting back against the world number three, immediately questioned the call.
‘I haven’t been called for a foot fault in three years,’ Kyrgios told the umpire.
‘It’s not possible man, it’s not possible.’
In the commentary box, Lleyton Hewitt questioned whether linesmen and women were instructed to watch Kyrgios more closely.
‘I wonder whether the linesmen have been told to look out for that tonight,’ Hewitt said.
Nick Kyrgios has blown up at the umpire after losing two crucial points at the Australian Open due to a bizarre technicality
What is a foot fault?
A server is called on a foot fault if their foot is not behind the base line or if it touches the wrong side of the centre mark on the base line
Former Australian tennis player and coach Roger Rasheed said he was surprised the ‘strange’ foot fault rule even existed.
The fault was not the only anger inducing moment of the Sunday night game.
Kyrgios’ anger was later directed at his own team.
Sitting court-side preparing for the second set, Kyrgios yelled ‘it’s retarded, absolutely retarded’.
He blew up at his supporter’s box for not having a racquet with the right tension.
‘Which one’s a 54 and which one’s a 55?’ he said.
‘Well done. You had all day to figure it out.
‘One thing with the racquets, that’s it. That’s all you had to do.’
The outburst prompted his team to race out of the building and restring the racquet, only for him to leave it court-side for the remainder of the game.
Kyrgios also lost his temper with the umpire when a ball was called long.
‘Obviously I’m going to challenge, champ,’ he said.
‘I haven’t been called for a foot fault in three years,’ Kyrgios told the umpire
Adding fuel to the fire, Lleyton Hewitt, in the commentary box, questioned whether linesmen and women were instructed to watch Kyrgios’ more closely
Kyrgios was ultimately defeated by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov three sets to one at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena
When Kyrgios hit a ball into the stands in the third set, his opponent’s coach screamed at one of the supervisors for allowing it.
Bulgarian coach Dani Vallverdu was furious Kyrgios was not given a warning.
Jim Courier, in the commentary box, agreed.
‘He’s saying that isn’t right. He is correct, it isn’t right,’ Courier said.
Kyrgios was ultimately defeated by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, world No.3, who stepped up to claim three breakers at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
Despite his loss, Kyrgios embraced Dimitrov after the match.
Putting aside his disappointment, Kyrgios pulled Dimitrov into a hug and told him to ‘believe in himself’ as he went through to his first major at the Australian Open.
Kyrgios was ultimately defeated by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, world No.3, who stepped up to claim three breakers at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena
Despite his loss, Kyrgios embraced Dimitrov after the match, sharing a hug with the Bulgarian