Furious Nick Kyrgios confronts female Australian Open umpire over let technology and smashes racket in blazing row

Furious Nick Kyrgios confronts female Australian Open umpire over let technology and smashes racket in blazing row

February 10, 2021

NICK KYRGIOS was left fuming with technology as his Australian Open epic with Ugo Humbert was interrupted by some questionable let calls.

The monitor which picks up which serves clip the top of the net was blamed by the angry Aussie throughout Wednesday's enthralling tie.


Umpire Marijana Veljovic refused his calls to switch off the technology as the second-round match went to five sets.

After one let call, Kyrgios appealed to the Serbian official, telling her: "Reset the machine because the ball is this high off the net."

French No29 seed Humbert claimed the first set 7-5 and hit back with the third set after Kyrgios looked to be back in the match.

Coming back from a match point, a tense tie-break saw the home favourite snatch the fourth set in front of a boisterous Melbourne crowd.

The fans certainly had his back as further let calls were met with groans.

Kyrgios was handed a penalty point for smashing his racket and even managed to send the monitor flying with one powerful serve.

A later interruption led to the 25-year-old gesturing with his hand that the ball was comfortably clear of being let.

He claimed: "Come on man, it happened to his serve, it’s this far over the net, also my serve.

"It’s ruining the game, do you not understand it? You don’t not understand it, you don’t not understand it. Look at the score."

Veljovic replied 'I know' before Kyrgios continued to rail against the tech.

He continued: "What do you mean you know? It’s ruining the game.

"It happened in the first set, I told you to turn it off. Did you turn it off?"




Firing towards two match points in the fifth set, Kyrgios sealed the comeback victory, 5-7 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

Serbian umpire Veljovic has previously umpired finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon having received her gold badge in 2015.

It was not the first time Kyrgios has shown his temper during the tournament.

During the first-round meeting with Frederico Ferreira Silva, he demanded a member of his entourage remove their girlfriend from his box.

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