He might have got home 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 over Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi but the Australian’s behaviour during the match attracted plenty of criticism from pundits and broadcasters around the world, most notably for the constant stream of abuse he directed at his team.
Vision of Kyrgios spitting towards his entourage and yelling: “Go home if you’re not going to f—ing support me” forced US Open officials to act following the victory, announcing Kyrgios had been fined USD$7500 ($11,050) for his actions – the largest fine handed out at the grand slam so far.
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Kyrgios made $275,000 for making the third round and will pocket more than $420,000 if he wins that match.
Speaking in commentary for Channel Nine, Todd Woodbridge and Jelena Dokic found it difficult to defend the Australian.
“We all know it’s a waste of time being like that,” Woodbridge said.
“The people that are sitting in his player’s box have to take some action. That action should probably be standing up and walking out.
“They’ve got nothing to do with what goes on the court. It’s up to Nick to make the shots and hit the plays.”
Dokic added: “It’s a long time to keep talking and a lot of energy to waste.”
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