Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will kick of his 2017 US Open campaign Wednesday (Thursday in Australia) against countryman John Millman.
The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman.
Kyrgios had looked sharp in the second set, sometimes putting in second serves at 130mph before he felt something go in the third and called on the physio for treatment.
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The 22-year-old received a warning for allegedly cursing and broke his racket as he produced a string of unforced errors at Louis Armstrong Stadium in front of his coach, Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean.
"If I didn't say it, then it it's irrelevant what [the linesman] said", Kyrgios said to the umpire. He's an unbelievable coach. He probably deserves a player, [someone] probably more dedicated to the game than I am. "I didn't swear. I didn't say anything". I was less dedicated.
"I was playing basketball. every day for two hours. Like I played an hour of basketball before I played David Ferrer in the semifinal", he said. I was getting ice cream and getting a milk shake every day.
"I know in the back on my mind his shoulder deteriorated as the match went on".
"I'm not in the first row of favorites, maybe in the second, so I can play calm", Thiem said.
'In Cincinnati [where he reached the final] I was not doing anything different.I was probably less dedicated than I was this week. There are players that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. I'm not that guy ...
Nothing that really depresses Kyrgios, though. It's not the end of the world.
Trailing 2-1 in the third set, Kyrgios took an injury timeout and while getting a massage, could be heard complaining to the trainer about how well he had played in recent weeks before this - he was coming off a Finals berth in Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open, a U.S. Open tuneup. "It is what it is", he said.
Kyrgios grimaced during a treatment sessions, saying, "I try hard and then one serve I can feel it". Hence, it's easy to understand why, after one particularly fraught moment, the irascible Kyrgios lost his temper and dropped a big old F-bomb on the court-much to the displeasure of the linesman.
Asked whether he was inclined to change his way he replied: 'I really don't know.
Kyrgios, who has failed to get past the second round in a Grand Slam this season, added that he still hopes to play for Australia in their Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium which follows the US Open.
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