Former tennis pro suggested Nick Kyrgios’ inner circle, including girlfriend Costine Hatzi, “should probably get up and walk out” of his event after Wednesday’s play at the 2022 US Open .
Australian former athlete-turned-broadcaster Todd Woodbridge expressed such sentiments regarding Kyrgios’ conduct during his second-round victory over France’s Benjamin Bonzi. Among other things, he asked the 22-year-old where Hatzi was sitting—and to speak up more to support them.
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“This behavior is useless and unhealthy,” Woodbridge told Australia’s Channel 9 broadcast, according to News.com.au.
“People sitting in his players box have to do something. That action should probably get them up and walking out. They have nothing to do with what happens on the court. It’s up to Nick to make the shot and make the play.”
During Wednesday’s third set, Kyrgios, now ranked 25th in the world, was heard yelling, “If you’re not going to support me, go home,” as he sat on the sidelines. The Wimbledon finalist was given an explosion warning when he also spat on his court, looking in the direction of the box.
During the post-match press conference, Kyrgios said it was a “stressful time” and that he and his team hoped to “go deep” into the tournament.
“I’m really happy to win,” said Kyrgios, who beat Bonzi 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 4-6 6-4.
“It has been a very stressful time. Me and my team are very much looking forward to digging deeper this week.
Kyrgios is scheduled to take on USA’s JJ Wolfe in round three on Friday.
Leading up to the tournament, Kyrgios enjoyed some downtime in New York with Hatzi. Social media influencer Hatzi has traveled the world with Kyrgios over the past few months, supporting him in various tournaments.
The couple went public with their relationship late last year after Kyrgios split with Chiara Passari. In July, News.com.au reported that Kyrgios was accused of assaulting her ex-partner resulting from her December 2021 incident. He is due to appear in court in his October.