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Kyrgios accuses officials of ‘rigging’ match at Queen’s Club

June 20, 2019
Australia's Nick Kyrgios appeals to the umpire on court one during his tennis match against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena day four of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of "rigging" his first-round match at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament in the latest outburst by one of tennis’ most unruly players. The outspoken Australian launched an expletive-ridden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy after missing a set point against Roberto Carballes Baena. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
Australia's Nick Kyrgios appeals to the umpire on court one during his tennis match against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena day four of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of "rigging" his first-round match at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament in the latest outburst by one of tennis’ most unruly players. The outspoken Australian launched an expletive-ridden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy after missing a set point against Roberto Carballes Baena. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of “rigging” his first-round match at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament in his latest outburst.

The outspoken Australian, who went on to win the match, launched an expletive-ridden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy after missing a set point against Roberto Carballes Baena, claiming his Spanish opponent had double-faulted.

After Murphy issued a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct, Kyrgios continued his tirade, saying “it’s a joke, man. It’s a serious joke” and adding: “Like, your hat looks ridiculous, also. It’s not even sunny.”

After another point, Kyrgios said: “The ball was this far out on the second serve. I’m going. I’m not going to give 100% when I’ve got linesmen rigging the game, I don’t want to play.

“You wonder why I don’t try half the time. Literally the set had finished, he double-faulted. Why am I playing at 5-5? Absolute joke.”

Later in the match, Kyrgios then berated himself for hitting a poor lob to gift Carballes Baena a point and made reference to a computer game.

“So lazy, do something, so lazy you are,” he said to himself. “You were playing FIFA until 3 a.m., what do you expect?”

In the final game, Kyrgios — at 40-0 down — began returning from just outside the service line.

He still won 7-6 (4), 6-3.

But he lost his second-round match a few hours later, 6-7(4), 7-6 (3), 7-5 to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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