NEW YORK — (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was bothered by what he thought was the smell of marijuana during his US Open match on Wednesday.
The Wimbledon runner-up complained about the smell during his second-round victory over Benjamin Bonzi, asking chair umpire Jaume Campistol to warn the crowd inside Louis Armstrong Stadium.
“You don’t want to remind anyone not to do this or anything?” Kyrgios asked during a change in the second set.
Armstrong features concession stands along the concourse level above the field and Campistol appears to tell Kyrgios that the smell might be coming from their kitchens.
“Obviously I’m not going to complain about food smells,” Kyrgios replied. “Obviously not.”
Kyrgios said after his 7-6(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win that he had asthma.
“When I run side by side, I find it hard to breathe,” he said. “Probably not something I want to breathe between points.”
Australia’s No.23 seed was his usual lively self during the game, carrying on conversations with himself and those seated. He received a warning for using profanity when the target of his anger was someone in his box who Kyrgios felt was not supporting him enough.
The noise of New York is a challenge for many players, and Kyrgios struggled not just with the chatter of fans, but the roars of trains that can be heard from outside the open-air stadium.
“For someone who’s had a hard time concentrating in my career, I really try to put my head down and play point by point, try to get out of certain situations. It’s hard because he there’s a lot of distractions,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously there’s a lot of heckling as well. People say things. I have to be very careful what I say these days.
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