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Nick Kyrgios melts down again, smashes two rackets in Cincy

By Alex Butler
Australian Nick Kyrgios could be disciplined after having another meltdown at the Western &amp; Southern Open Wednesday in Cincinnati. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/a218099358d368a799a36a2262d764a6/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Australian Nick Kyrgios could be disciplined after having another meltdown at the Western & Southern Open Wednesday in Cincinnati. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios smashed two rackets during another meltdown before losing in three sets Wednesday night in the round of 32 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

His frustration surfaced multiple times during the 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 loss to Karen Khachanov of Russia at the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event. Kyrgios swore at the umpire several times during the match and was given a point penalty before he smashed the rackets as he went off the court during a bathroom break.

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Kyrgios, 24, gave one of the rackets to a child sitting in the stands. He also refused to shake the umpire's hand after losing to Khachanov.

"You're a [expletive] tool, bro," Kyrgios said before shaking Khachanov's hand at the net.

Kyrgios could face a hefty punishment from the ATP after multiple offenses. He clashed with the same umpire in July at the Citi Open, throwing a water bottle at his chair. He also swore at the umpire in June at the Queen's Club Championships in London and tossed a chair at the Italian Open in May.

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Khachanov battles Lucas Pouille in the round of 16 at 3:40 p.m. EDT Thursday, and Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty and Venus Williams also take the court.

Kyrgios has yet to win a Grand Slam and is ranked No. 27 in the ATP Tour. Pouille is ranked No. 31.

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