Nick Kyrgios complains of marijuana smell during US Open second round win
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The way he was playing in the first round of his first Grand Slam tournament in the Grandstand Stadium here, nobody would have predicted the story he might have to tell Wednesday.
Kyrgios came into the second round at age 24 with one match to play, two sets left in one of the most dramatic match-ups of the season. He dropped his opener in spectacular fashion, got some revenge in the next two and then came up with a match-saving ace to force a decider.
Just two sets away from the final against one of the two No. 1 seeds remaining on the WTA Tour, Kyrgios broke down in tears on the sideline after his second-round loss because of a smell from his sweaty towel.
“It was more of a weird smell that was starting to hit me,” Kyrgios said with a heavy sigh.
He had to leave court before the match with a towel smeared with his sweat and a towel in hand, but his head was still spinning. His coach, Jim Shea, saw him through it.
“It was a tough one for him,” Shea said. “You know, the game is on, you’re focused and you’ve got to come out with one of the top names in the world if you want to make a serious run at it.
“He just came out, did that little dance he does, and his emotions just got the best of him and he just lost that match.”
So now he has to battle against another No. 1 seed, former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, and maybe a few lesser-known contenders in a tournament that is as much about who makes the final two as anything else.
“It’s not an easy situation for him because he’s not playing well at the moment,” Shea said. “We’re not in the position I feel like we’re in when he makes a big run, and we have to wait that out.”
A win would