'Turn if off': Nick Kyrgios rages at 'ridiculous' Aus Open drama

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) gesturing to the chair umpire that the net technology is malfunctioning and chair umpire Marijana Veljovic  (pictured right) checking the net.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) was fuming after he claimed the net technology was malfunctioning, which prompted chair umpire Marijana Veljovic (pictured right) to check on the technology. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios was baffled during his match against Ugo Humbert at the Australian Open after claiming the net technology was malfunctioning after it pinged numerous serves.

Kyrgios was already frustrated in the first set when he claimed the net technology was malfunctioning after numerous serves were called a let.

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This prompted him to stop play and ask the chair umpire to reset the machine.

“Reset the machine because the ball is this high (hand motion with arms far apart) off the net,” he told chair umpire Marijana Veljovic.

After losing the first set he went on to break his racquet in anger.

But things took a turn in the third set when the technology pinged three serves in a row of Kyrgios for a let.

The Aussie was fuming and approached the chair umpire to argue the technology wasn’t working.

“Turn it off,” Kyrgios told her.

“Look at the score...it’s ruining the game.”

Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) fumes as he talks to the umpire about the net technology.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) talks to the umpire (pictured right) about the net technology as he plays against Ugo Humbert during their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

At one point, chair umpire Veljovic did check on the net technology between games.

The frustration clearly got to the Aussie who went on to drop the third set.

Fans on social media were also questioning whether the technology was malfunctioning and why Channel Nine were not showing replays.

Kyrgios explodes and breaks racquet

It wasn’t the only drama during the match.

A raucous crowd were willing Kyrgios on against 29th seed Humbert when Kyrgios was serving to stay in the first set at 6-5.

But Kyrgios made a few rash decisions and opted for a couple of drop shots, which were unsuccessful.

This promoted the fiery Aussie to smash his racquet at the end of the set.

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