AUSTRALIAN tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios is out of the US Open, rolled again by a dominant Andy Murray amid yet another controversial performance.
The third seeded Brit cruised to a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory, as the Aussie copped it from a fellow former bad boy in ESPN commentator John McEnroe.
McEnroe, who was known for his petulant behaviour during his time on the court, gave Kyrgios a bake throughout his match, calling him a “bonehead” during his first round exit from the tournament.
In a bid to perhaps turn the tide on the negative public attention Kyrgios has brought upon himself, the Aussie had turned to champ Lleyton Hewitt as his mentor.
This was something that pleased McEnroe, as he gushed about the decision before the match.
But his praise quickly turned negative as Kyrgios turned in another all too familiar performance.
McEnroe attacked Kyrgios’ shot selection in the match as Murray smoked the Aussie all over the court.
“An absolute brain freeze,” McEnroe said at one point.
“He could have volleyed that away for another break-point chance.
He later said Hewitt should walk out on Kyrgios after he tried a low percentage volley through his legs in the second set.
“I hope he learns from these bonehead moves,” McEnroe said.
“He should be a seed already, at least 20.
“You don’t want to be remembered as a clown.
“You want to be remembered as a player.
“So he better step up.
“Otherwise he won’t be talked about too much.
“He thinks he’s a Vaudeville entertainer.
“I don’t know what’s going on here.”
But Kyrgios – who also appeared to fall asleep during a break in the match – reckoned McEnroe was “a bit rough” on him.
“I thought I created opportunities,” Kyrgios said after the match.
“I tried to take them.
“I thought he served pretty clutch in certain situations.
“His defence was unbelievable again tonight.
“I like going for shots that aren’t high percentage.
“I’ve just got a really good self confidence.
“It’s nothing that’s been different in my career.
“It’s always been like that.
“I’ve always been an emotional person on the court.”
Kyrgios, back in action after being slapped with a four week suspension for disgusting comments directed at Swiss champ Stanislas Wawrinka, wasted no time in making his presence felt, incensed that spectators were allowed into the stadium while he served.
“What the hell were they doing letting people in in that game?” he protested to the umpire.
“Middle of the game.
“Such bull**** F***ing bull****.”
Hey, he can take one plus out of the match – it’s the first time he’s taken a set of Murray in four clashes.
In better news for the Aussies, both Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt have made it through the first round.
Problem is they have to play each other in the second round on Friday, so at least one of them is out.
Sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Bulmer reports that all the money has been for the ageing champ to topple the young buck, despite being the rank outsider at $3.13.
Tomic is a hot $1.33 favourite, but punters are keen to jump on board Hewitt at that price in his last US Open appearance.
“Bernard Tomic’s biggest challenge is likely to come later this month when he faces a Miami court, however don’t discount Hewitt from pushing Tomic all the way in what is a dream match up for Australian tennis fans,” Bulmer said.
Tomic, who this week had his Miami court date pushed back until after the US Open, following a run in with police at a $9,785-a-night Miami penthouse, is a $201 chance to win the 2015 US Open, tempting 19 punters to back him in for unlikely title.
“While Hewitt is a $1001 outsider to win the 2015 US Open title, this hasn’t stopped 20 patriotic Aussies from backing him to go all the way, with Sportsbet set to take a $72,000 loss if Hewitt can repeat his 2001 heroics at Flushing Meadows,” Bulmer said.
Hewitt says the clash with Tomic will be “awkward”.
“I don’t like playing any of the Aussies,” Hewitt said.
“For me, in the position that I’m in now, trying to help these guys especially with Davis Cup and the rest of it, it’s tough.”
“Davis Cup for me has been a massive passion.
“It’s the reason that I still played this year, because I feel like we had a good opportunity to do well and I could still add something to the Davis Cup team as a player this year.
“It (his wild card entry into the US Open) could have gone to another Aussie but I felt like to give myself the best opportunity for the Davis Cup tie, it was the right decision.”
In the overall men’s market, WilliamHill.com.au’s Tim Ashworth said the value was in Swiss maestro Roger Federer at $4.
“His quote has surprisingly seen him edge Novak Djokovic ($2) in terms of bet count and money wagered,” Ashworth said.
“Tomic has seen a few small bets at odds of $151.”
In the women’s draw, Ashworth said Serena Williams was the punters’ pick to complete the Grand Slam, at $1.73.
“Serena is holding two thirds of the book, with Simona Halep ($9) and Petra Kvitova ($15) the only other players feeling the love.
“One punter stands to win $11,000 if the Romanian wins at Flushing Meadows.”
Bernard Tomic vs. Lleyton Hewitt markets
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