Tennis star Nick Kyrgios breaks 2 rackets after US Open quarter-final loss

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios wasn’t happy about being ousted from the US Open quarter-finals on Tuesday.

In a clip shared by Eurosport, we see the world No. 25 hitting his racquet three times against the ground before throwing it. He then grabs another racket and breaks it as well.

Kyrgios lost 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6 to Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the nearly four-hour match.

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In a post game press conferenceKyrgios spoke about his frustrations after the loss.

“Honestly, I feel like s—,” Kyrgios said. “I feel like I let so many people down. These four tournaments [the Grand Slams] are the only ones that will ever matter.”

“It’s like you have to start all over again. I have to wait for the Australian Open,” he added. “It’s just devastating. Like, it’s heartbreaking. Not just for me, but for everyone I know who wants me to win.”

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia breaks his racket after being beaten by Karen Khachanov in their men’s singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2022 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2022 in Flushing of the Queens borough of New York.

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Kyrgiosseeded No. 23 in the tournament, also congratulated his opponent during the press conference.

“But all credit goes to Karen. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior,” Kyrgios said. “I think he served really well today. Honestly probably the best server I’ve played with this tournament, to be honest the way he was hitting his spots under pressure.”

ick Kyrgios of Australia smashes his racket after being beaten by Karen Khachanov in their men's singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2022 in the Flushing district of the Queens borough of New York.

ick Kyrgios of Australia smashes his racket after being beaten by Karen Khachanov in their men’s singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2022 in the Flushing district of the Queens borough of New York.

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“He just played the big points well,” he added. “There was really nothing in it. I’m just devastated obviously. I just feel like it was either winning it all or nothing at all, to be honest. I feel like I failed to this event right now. That’s what it’s like to feel.”

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns to Karen Khachanov of Russia during their quarterfinal of the 2022 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 6, 2022.

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After the match, Khachanov, the 27th seed at the US Open, said it was a “crazy match”.

“I expected it to be like this. We played almost four hours, it’s the only way to beat Nick, I think,” he added.

Khachanov will now face Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud in the semifinals on Friday.



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