Nick Kyrgios complains about the smell of marijuana at the US Open

First there was the woman at the Wimbledon final who, according to Nick Kyrgios, looked like she had “700 drinks, brother.This time it was the weed smell that set off the combustible Aussie.

Kyrgios was deep in the second set of his second-round match against Benjamin Bonzi at the US Open on Wednesday night when he turned to the chair umpire and began complaining about the whiff of marijuana at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Kyrgios had won a set and in the second serve 4-3, asked the referee to warn the crowd after claiming he saw and smelled someone smoking marijuana. On his way to his bank during a changeover, the 27-year-old snapped, “You don’t even want to remind someone not to?”

However, the referee seemed to think Kyrgios was complaining about the smell of the food, which didn’t sit well with the ever-on-the-edge star.

“It was fucking marijuana,” Kyrgios shot back. “Of course I will not complain about food. Obviously not.

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios
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“Of course, if athletes run side by side and already have asthma, it’s probably not ideal.”

Addressing the crowd as the two players returned to their respective baselines, the referee said: “Ladies and gentlemen, a reminder that you are not allowed to smoke on the pitch.”

Then Kyrgios finished the second set against the French 6-4.

However, it was hardly the last of his explosions. Kyrgios received a behavioral warning for spitting on the court after being broken late in the third set, which he lost 6-4.

This isn’t the first time Kyrgios has found himself caught up in a marijuana controversy at the US Open either. Six years ago, he caused a stir during the tournament when he replied to a Twitter follower confirming that players are allowed to smoke weed on tour. A WADA spokesman later confirmed that marijuana is prohibited during competition, but not when used outside of the game.

Rant aside, this season has arguably been Kyrgios’ best. He reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon earlier that summer, and a few weeks later won the singles and doubles titles at his next tournament on the same day at the Citi Open in Washington DC

On Wednesday, he also finished Bonzi 7-6(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, collecting 30 aces in the process to advance to the third round of the US Open for the fifth time of his career. Next up for Kyrgios on Friday is JJ Wolf, who is attempting to advance to the fourth round in Flushing for the first time.

“I’m just happy I got through,” Kyrgios said afterwards. “It was a stressful time.

“But I would rather have that pressure and the expectation of going far. … I feel like I’m playing one of the best tennis games of my life.”

That’s not the only good news for Kyrgios either. Marijuana is legal in New York, so there’s little chance anyone will sue him for defamation.

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