Nick Kyrgios defeats Steve Johnson in straight sets to ease into US Open second round but irks opponent after being handed code violation for responding to rowdy crowd
- Nick Kyrgios got his US Open campaign off to a winning start vs Steve Johnson
- The Australian upped the gears to pull off a 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows
- Kyrgios was his usual boisterous self and received a code violation in the tie
- Johnson was irked after Kyrgios made a public scene of replying to the crowd
Nick Kyrgios got his US Open campaign off to a winning start with a straight sets victory over Steve Johnson, but irked his opponent after responding to calls from the crowd.
The Australian upped the gears to pull off a 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows, but was his usual boisterous self from the off.
It was in the second set when the fireworks looked set to ignite after Kyrgios took aim at a rowdy section up in the stands.
Nick Kyrgios got his US Open off to a strong start with a straight sets victory vs Steve Johnson
Kyrgios took aim at a rowdy section up in the stands and received a code violation
American Johnson was far from impressed and asked whether Kyrgios was ‘hosting a show’
After shouting back to the fans he was handed a code violation for an audible obscenity which he took issue at.
He then opted to continue the conversation after holding serve and questioned why the umpire wasn’t controlling the crowd and instead handed him a caution.
His American opponent wasn’t happy with the exchange of words and delivered a pointed line to Kyrgios.
The Australian had taken exception to a rowdy section of the crowd and made his point known
Kyrgios then went on to captivate supporters with a string of dazzling shots in a tie-break
Johnson couldn’t contain the 24-year-old and fell to a 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 defeat at Flushing Meadows
‘Do you want to play f***ing tennis or host a sh*t show?’ Johnson was heard saying.
Kyrgios then later went on to captivate the crowd after playing a series of dazzling shots during a tie break, to tip the momentum in his favour and go on to secure victory.
Scheduling meant the contest had been pushed back considerably from its original start time, beginning at 11.10pm, and Kyrgios thanked fans in the aftermath.
‘I want to just thank you guys for staying out, I know it’s late and I appreciate that,’ Kyrgios said following the win.
‘Steve is a hell of a player, he’s one of my good mates in the locker room and he played well I knew I had to play the right type of tennis and I’m happy to get through.’