Kyrgios out of US Open after another meltdown

Nick Kyrgios was dumped out of the US Open in the first round on Wednesday after going down in straight sets to fellow Australian John Millman.

Millman – ranked just 235th in the world – beat his more illustrious countryman 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 17 minutes.

As has become customary with Kyrgios, his frustrations boiled over for all to see when he smashed a racket into the court after losing the third set.

The Australian also appeared to injure his shoulder earlier in the set, requiring him to call out the trainer for some attention and no doubt adding to his frustration. Kyrgios could be heard telling his trainer that he had lost all power in his serve.

After taking the third set, Millman ran through the fourth in just 29 minutes courtesy of two breaks of serve to bring the match to a hasty conclusion.

Earlier, Kyrgios also appeared to drop a loud F-bomb that could clearly be heard on the TV broadcast.

A linesman reported the offense to the chair umpire who then gave Kyrgios his first code violation, despite the Australian protesting the innocence.

“If I didn’t say it, then it it’s irrelevant what [the linesman] said,” Kyrgios said to the umpire. “I didn’t swear… I didn’t say anything. You can’t give me a code [violation] for something I didn’t say. That’s hearsay.”

He then received his second code violation after destroying his racquet, leading to the penalty point.

Millman had surprised everyone by taking the first set, saving three break points during a marathon third game before succeeding with his first break point opportunity several games later and holding on to serve out the set.

Kyrgios seemed to be back on track after taking the second set in convincing fashion, but the wheels came off both physically and mentally in the third, and there was no way back for him from there.

Joining Millman in the second round on Wednesday were sixth seed Dominic Thiem, who dismissed Australian Wild Card Alex De Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov was also through after beating qualifier Vaclav Safranek.

Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych advanced after dispatching Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

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