John McEnroe says Nick Kyrgios went too far after Karen Khachanov loss


John McEnroe says Nick Kyrgios went too far with his post-match tantrum at the US Open, that saw the defeated Australian smash two racquets as winner Karen Khachanov paid tribute to the crowd and his team.

Kyrgios was visibly upset after the five-set 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 loss to the Russian in the last eight at Flushing Meadows.

Moments after shaking hands with Khachanov and the umpire, he obliterated his tennis racquet, before grabbing another and demolishing it on the Arthur Ashe centre court.

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“That was after the match so it was a little unbecoming because – I get he’s frustrated – but this is when [Karen] Khachanov is walking in the centre of the court [saying], ‘Thank you very much the eight people that were on my side’. So that was going too far – I know something about that,” McEnroe told Eurosport.

While not condoning Kyrgios’ behaviour, seven-time major winner Mats Wilander said at least it showed Kyrgios’ level of commitment to competition.

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“He’s got to build up some respect in the locker room for being a competitor, a fighter, and that’s what he did,” Wilander said.

“I mean, he fought to the very last point and to show that he’s frustrated – yes, I don’t like when you break the racquets, you know that – but he showed he cares now.”

Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after US Open loss

A visibly shaken Kyrgios said after the match he was “heartbroken” by the loss.

”I feel like shit. I feel like I’ve let so many people down,” Kyrgios said.

“I feel like these four tournaments are the only ones that are ever gonna matter, and it’s like you have to start it all again, and I have to wait until Australian Open.

“It’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking.

“Not just for me, it’s for everyone I know that wants me to win.”

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