‘I’m not playing’ – Nick Kyrgios stops Australian Open warm-up match to rage about umpire

Nick Kyrgios was back to his controversial ways on Wednesday as he interrupted his match at the Murray River Open to rage about the umpire.

Kyrgios eased to 6-2, 7-6 win over fellow Australian Harry Bourchie in the match, but not before he stopped play for several minutes to speak to the match supervisor.

It came after he was called for a time violation, which left him fuming as he said he had already started his serving motion which led to an angry exchange between the two.

“Tennis is not about the umpires,” Kyrgios told the supervisor after branding the umpire ‘a smart-a**e’. “He’s an extra to make sure all this s**t goes smoothly.

“I was in the motion of serving. Every technique is different. I wasn’t bouncing the ball.”

After the match he clarified his position to the fans, saying he wanted to speak to the supervisor to try and avoid another fine.

“I didn’t want to play until I made sure I wasn’t going to get fined, because the ATP does me pretty rough all the time, they fine me too much money.”

Kyrgios has also told his fellow tennis players to not complain about any future quarantines and gain some perspective.

The 25-year-old has been a constant critic of his colleagues’ attitudes towards the coronavirus, and opted to withdraw himself from the ATP Tour last year rather than travel.

Speaking before hundreds of players and staff were forced back into isolation as a precautionary measure on Wednesday, he told reporters: “It’s not about me. My mom is incredibly sick.

“There’s too much risk in all of this. I don’t understand what’s so hard for tennis players to understand.

“Like, you’re just a tennis player. Do you know what I mean? It’s not life and death like this is.”

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