A former tennis pro suggested that Nick Kyrgios’ inner circle, including girlfriend Costeen Hatzi, “maybe should get up and go” after Wednesday’s drama at the 2022 U.S. Open. competition.
Former Australian athlete Todd Woodbridge made this point about Kyrgios’ behavior in his second-round win over France’s Benjamin Bonzi, in which the fiery The 27-year-old appeared to target those in his players box – where Hatzi, 22, and others sat – and demanded that they be more vocal in their support.
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“This behaviour is not helpful and unhealthy,” Woodbridge said on Australia’s Channel 9 broadcast, according to News Australia.
“The guy sitting in his player box has to do something. That action should probably be getting up and walking out. They have nothing to do with what’s going on on the court. It’s up to Nick to shoot and hit the ball.”
In the third set on Wednesday, Kyrgios – currently ranked No. 25 in the world – could be heard sitting on the sidelines shouting “If you don’t fucking support me, go home bro”. The Wimbledon finalist was warned for an outburst in which he also spat on the pitch, seemingly in the direction of the penalty area.
In a post-match press conference, Kyrgios said it was a “stressful period” and that he and his team wanted to “go deep” into the game.
“I’m really happy to get through,” Kyrgios said after beating Bonzi 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“It’s been a very stressful time. My team and I have high expectations for this week’s game and I’m glad I got through it.”
Kyrgios will face American JJ Wolf in the third round on Friday.
On the eve of the game, Kyrgios took a break in New York with Hazy by his side. A social media influencer, Hatzi has traveled the world with Kyrgios over the past few months, supporting him in different competitions.
The couple went public about their relationship late last year after Kyrgios split from Chiara Passari. In July, News.com.au reported that Kyrgios had been charged with assaulting his ex-partner over the December 2021 incident. He will appear in court in October.