Nick Kyrgios complains about the smell of marijuana during his second round victory at the US Open



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Nick Kyrgios was left frustrated by the smell of marijuana coming from the stands in his second-round victory at the US Open on Wednesday.

The Australian, who fought off France’s Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 4-6 6-4, was his vocal self throughout the match, even as he complained to the ‘referee from the chair because of the smell that emanated from the stand. of the Louis Armstrong Arena.

“People don’t know that I’m a heavy asthmatic, so when I’m running from side to side and I’m already having trouble breathing, it’s probably not something I want to breathe between points,” he told reporters after the game.

The referee reminded fans to refrain from smoking on the court when play resumed.

US Open crowds are notoriously rowdy and the 27-year-old agreed that the grand slam has a very different “atmosphere” to other tournaments.

CNN has contacted the US Open about Kyrgios’ complaints about smelling marijuana.

It comes just over a week after the Kyrgios woman accused of drinking “700 drinks” and being “drunk out of her head” during this year’s Wimbledon final said she is suing the Australian tennis player for defamation.

Kyrgios was typically animated on the New York court, muttering to himself and berating his box between points.

The referee gave a warning for insulting someone in his team for not giving him enough support.

While his court antics were in full flow, so was his tennis.

Kyrgios was tested by his talented opponent but showed the devastating power and newfound mental fortitude that saw him reach his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July.

He faces American JJ Wolf in the next round but says his own good form is putting more pressure on him than usual.

“It’s very stressful now because every match I play, I’m expecting to play so well,” Kyrgios told reporters.

“A clean performance like that is unrealistic in a sport like this where you play day in and day out. I probably have to lower the expectations to play like it’s a Wimbledon final every time. There are so many capable players who can play.”

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