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Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios storms off court after umpire decision

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Nick Kyrgios refused to play for several minutes after receiving a time violation during his straight sets win over fellow Australian Harry Bourchier in an Australian Open warm-up event in Melbourne.

Kyrgios fought off three set points in the second-set tiebreak before finally getting over the top of world No.303 Bourchier in an entertaining clash on Wednesday night.

The biggest talking point came with the scores locked at 5-5 in the second set when Kyrgios was called for a time violation on his serve.

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) refused to play for several minutes after receiving a time violation

Nick Kyrgios (pictured) refused to play for several minutes after receiving a time violation

The issue had been brewing all match, with Kyrgios venting his anger at the chair umpire for repeatedly hurrying him whenever he walked back to grab a towel to wipe off sweat.

Kyrgios immediately refused to continue to play when he was called for the time violation late in the second set, with the world No.47 demanding to speak to the match supervisor.

Kyrgios argued he had already started his serving motion when the serving clock struck zero.

The 25-year-old didn’t hold back when the supervisor arrived, labelling the chair umpire a ‘smart arse’.

Kyrgios (pictured) argued he had already started his serving motion when the serving clock struck zero

Kyrgios (pictured) argued he had already started his serving motion when the serving clock struck zero

‘Tennis is not about the umpires,’ Kyrgios said.

‘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.’

Kyrgios only agreed to continue playing when the supervisor assured him he wouldn’t be fined.

Bourchier saved two match points in the 12th game of the second set, but he blew his three set points in the tie break.

Kyrgios held his nerve to secure the win in 85 minutes, setting up a third-round clash with world No.25 Borna Coric at the Murray River Open.

The 25-year-old (pictured right) didn't hold back when the supervisor (pictured left) arrived, labelling the chair umpire (pictured top left) a 'smart arse'

The 25-year-old (pictured right) didn’t hold back when the supervisor (pictured left) arrived, labelling the chair umpire (pictured top left) a ‘smart arse’

‘I just like playing by the rules,’ Kyrgios said in his on-court interview after the match when asked about the time-code violation incident.

‘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.’ 

When asked whether he thought he was in the service action when the time violation was called, Kyrgios was blunt.

‘Yeah obviously, that’s why I stopped,’ he said.

Some fans have sided with Kyrgios, taking to Twitter to defend the tennis player’s actions.

‘This is ridiculous especially when you compare it to other players on tour like Nadal and Djokovic. Kyrgios is one of the quicker servers on tour,’ one person tweeted. 

‘I think Nick’s point is totally valid,’ another agreed, while a third wrote: ‘It looks pretty clear Kyrgios has started his serving motion.’

Kyrgios produced his wide array of tricks during the match, including underarm serves and shots between the legs.

He was bothered at times early by his heavily-strapped left leg, but it didn’t seem to affect him as the contest wore on.

Kyrgios (pictured) only agreed to continue playing when the supervisor assured him he wouldn't be fined and won the game in 85 minutes

Kyrgios (pictured) only agreed to continue playing when the supervisor assured him he wouldn’t be fined and won the game in 85 minutes

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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