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Nick Kyrgios melts down again, smashes two rackets in Cincy

By Alex Butler
Nick Kyrgios melts down again, smashes two rackets in Cincy
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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