Nick Kyrgios lets rip at US Open star for 'horrible' rant about disabled people

Nick Kyrgios US Open

Nick Kyrgios isn't playing at the US Open this year due to injury

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 29/08/2023

- 09:27

The Aussie isn't playing in the tournament this year due to injury

Nick Kyrgios has slammed Alexander Bublik after the US Open star reportedly made a slur against disabled people on Monday.

Bublik lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to Dominic Thiem, with the 2020 champion securing a first Grand Slam win in more than two years following injury issues with his wrist.

As the match got away from him, however, Bublik's temper appeared to boil over.

It has been claimed that, as Thiem took control, the world No 27 said in Russian: "I am f**king sick of giving careers back to disabled people."

Alexander Bublik US Open

Alexander Bublik has been slammed by Nick Kyrgios after US Open slur


And Kyrgios has now slammed his fellow tennis player, saying on social media: "This is low key horrible."

Bublik had previously lost to Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils, with both men suffering with injuries in recent years.

He is yet to respond to claims about his alleged slur, though Thiem defending his opponent after the match by saying: "Well, I don't know if the translation is right."

When told it was correct, he added: "It is? Yeah, it's a tough saying, you know, something you shouldn't say in general, you know, just out of respect.

"Yeah, maybe he didn't mean it that way or whatever. But, yeah, what can I say about it?"

Thiem also lauded Bublik for bringing some of his usual tricks to the proceedings, with the Kazakhstan star even using an underarm serve at times.

"Yeah, it can be a good tactic, especially probably on clay when the returner is standing far, far back," he stated.

"It can be good, you know. It's allowed, so it's fine if it helps you to do it. It's completely fine.

"Especially when you have, like me sometimes, not today, but on some other days or on other surfaces, if I return far back it's a pretty good tactic.

"Of course, I was surprised [that he used the underarm serve on break point], but against him or against some other players, you have to be aware all the time that it happens, so you have maybe a little different view on the return on the racquet, and luckily I was there."

Meanwhile, regarding Kyrgios, the Australian revealed last month that he could retire early from tennis.

And he cited too much 'drinking and partying' as the reason behind his thinking.

"No f*****g chance. No way," he said when asked if he would play into his 30s like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

"Bro, there's no chance I'm playing until 33.

"Kyrgios playing until 33 is insane. I'm not playing until 33. Nah, I promise you, when I'm gone, you'll never see me again.

"The schedule is out of control. I'm getting old, I'm getting old.

"Twenty-eight, yeah - but all the drinking and partying, I'm like 57."

In other US Open news, three-time champion Novak Djokovic booked his place in the second round with a straightforward win over Alexandre Muller.

The Serb battled his way to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 win at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.


Dominic Thiem US Open

Dominic Thiem was too strong for Alexander Bublik during US Open clash


Djokovic will now face Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the next round after the 26-year-old beat Ethan Quinn in straight sets.

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