The 2022 Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios revealed that the odour of cannabis at the US Open left him fearing as it could aggravate his asthma.
During his second-round match at Flushing Meadows, Kyrgios took his time to clinch victory over France’s Benjamin Bonzi as he complained to the chair umpire about the cannabis smell, which led to a warning to the crowd to “refrain from smoking”. It is to be noted that smoking is not permitted on the tournament grounds.
“People don’t know I’m a heavy asthmatic,” Kyrgios said after defeating Bonzi 7-6(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the third round, where he will meet American JJ Wolf.
“When I’m running side to side, I’m struggling to breathe, probably not something I want to be breathing in between points.”
Kyrgios further said that the loud and raucous atmosphere at the US Open makes it difficult for him to hear his team. He added that the environment at Flushing Meadows is “noisy” as compared to three other Grand Slam tournaments.
“The U.S. Open, it’s a very different vibe to everywhere else. I feel like Wimbledon was so proper. Australian Open, you kind of expect it there, being an Aussie.
“But here, it’s just like noisy. Point in, point out, I can’t barely hear. Half the time, I can’t even hear my team because it’s so noisy all the time,” Kyrgios said.
Kyrgios struck 30 aces and won the final nine points of the match under the lights of Louis Armstrong Stadium. The Australian displayed some remarkable shotmaking in the tiebreak and went on to break early in the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Bonzi made his way back in the match, taking the third set, with the decider appearing to be all but inevitable when Kyrgios trailed 0-40 while serving at 4-4 in the fourth.
Bonzi came out of the troubled waters but was unable to place his shot over the net on match point. With the win, Kyrgios continues to keep a potential showdown against world number one and the defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.
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