Nick Kyrgios will always find a way to Nick Kyrgios, and in this case, that doesn’t even mean he will lose his temper and yell at his opponent, the umpire, or himself. In fact, the latest headline-making thing Kyrgios did doesn’t even involve his customary broken racket. Instead, it involves him forgetting the rules of tennis.
And yes, Kyrgios – who is playing the best tennis of his career – and beat Danil Medvedev, the number one ranked player, to make it into the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in his career, still pulled off the match. It was an impressive win, made even more impressive by the fact that a player known for his volatility on the court didn’t lose focus after one of the most baffling plays Arthur Ashe Stadium has ever seen.
Kyrgios – who later referred to the play as “the most boneheaded play of all time” – was trying to break through with the match tied at one set all. In the second game of the third set, as Medvedev was serving 30-30, Kyrgios almost had himself a break point. All he had to do was let the ball bounce.
Instead, Kyrgios rushed around to Medvedev’s side of the court and played a volley – which is against the rules. You can’t play the ball before it bounces on your opponent’s side. And, ironically, Kyrgios admitted to ESPN that he thought the play was legal. Presumably, now he’s brushed up on the rules of the sport he plays for a living, especially as he moves forward in the last Grand Slam of the year.