Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has again frustrated some fans at the Delray Beach Open. His apparent lack of effort drew some boos and heckles from the crowd.
Kyrgios was troubled by a knee complaint and early in the match called on the trainer to tape his right knee. There were points that Kyrgios would appear to not put in 100% effort to get to the ball, but without knowing what pain he is feeling it is hard to question his effort.
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Photo: In what has become a familiar pattern, Nick Kyrgios is hampered by injury, losing to Radu Albot (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
The crowds in the USA are not very forgiving. If they think a player isn’t giving his best effort then they let that player know. Kyrgios was not enjoying being heckled and he snapped at a spectator towards the end of the first set. He was said to have sworn during that exchanged, a linesperson reporting him to the chair umpire.
Krygios was reported to say “I just don’t get people. Yeah I swore, I’m pretty sure we all swear…We’ve got a guy who thinks he’s pretty important so he goes & rats on a player who’s trying to do his best out there, rats to the umpire that I was swearing.”
Getting back to the match against Moldovia’ Rad Albot the world no. 82, it was the Moldovan that won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Despite the knee problem, Kyrgios was able to send down plenty of big serves to stay in the match. The Australian served 19 Aces to 6. Albot converted three from eight break points to Kyrgios with only converting one from six.
Albot did what he had to do to get the win. He would often just keep the ball down the centre of the court waiting for an error from his opponent. After a poor showing in the first set, Kyrgios used his serve to get back into the match winning the second set. The final set saw Albot get one break and then hold serve to take the match.
Albot will face Steve Johnson from the USA in the quarterfinals.
Kyrgios will drop a few more spots in the rankings to 67 after this performance. Radu is set to rise 8 spots in the rankings to no. 74, with the opportunity to go higher if he advances past Johnson.