The Aussie, who beat France’s Benjamin Bonzi 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 4-6 6-4, spoke out during the game, including when he complained to the referee chair from the smell emanating from the bleachers. of the Louis Armstrong Arena.
“People don’t know I’m a big asthma sufferer, so when I’m running side by side and I’m already having trouble breathing, it’s probably not something I want to breathe between the points,” a- he told reporters after the game.
The referee reminded fans to refrain from smoking around the pitch as play resumed.
The US Open crowd is known to be rowdy and the 27-year-old agreed the Grand Slam has a very different “vibe” to other tournaments.
CNN has contacted the US Open regarding Kyrgios’ complaints of smelling marijuana.
It comes just over a week after the Kyrgios woman accused of having ‘700 drinks’ and being ‘crazy drunk’ in this year’s Wimbledon final said she was suing the player for Australian tennis for defamation.
Kyrgios was usually lively on the New York court, mumbling to himself and berating his box between the points.
He received a warning from the referee for insulting someone in his team for not supporting him enough.
While his on-court antics were in full swing, so was his tennis.
Kyrgios was tested by his talented opponent but demonstrated the devastating power and new mental toughness that saw him reach his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July.
He will face American JJ Wolf in the next round, but says his own good form is putting more pressure on him than usual.
“It’s so stressful now because every game I play, I expect to play so well,” Kyrgios told reporters.
“Such a clean performance is not realistic in a sport like this where you play day in and day out. I probably have to lower the expectation of playing like it’s a Wimbledon final every time. There’s so much capable players who can play.”