Kokkinakis and Verdasco's on-court argument draws in Kyrgios online

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Advantage Omar: Miami, Episode 1


Tempers flared between players and entourages on Monday at the Miami Open, with an on-court argument between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Fernando Verdasco turning into a social media spat with Nick Kyrgios.

The confrontation began when Verdasco had words with a spectator behind him, complaining that he was disrupting him. Kokkinakis reacted sharply, eventually identifying the spectator as his father. The two players both spoke to the umpire and then had a back and forth with each other:

The jousting appeared to prompt a tweet from Kokkinakis's friend and fellow Australian Kyrgios:

While Kyrgios deleted the tweet, Verdasco responded, followed by further reaction by Kyrgios:

The court on which Kokkinakis and Verdasco had played saw another small incident, with Sam Querrey objecting to Denis Shapovalov calling the trainer during another lengthy three-setter. Shapovalov went on to win the match.

Play went so long that Tomas Berdych's meeting with Frances Tiafoe didn't begin till around midnight. Berdych, who won the first set before going to a third, apparently told a person in Tiafoe's box to 'Shut up,' with Tiafoe responding by telling him to get on with playing. The Czech then complained about the light rain that would eventually stop play at around 2:10 a.m.:

Just a few days before, Daniil Medvedev accused Stefanos Tsitsipas of insulting him and aimed some angry remarks at his opponent following their first-round meeting.

Players are subject to fines for unsportsmanlike conduct, as assessed by officials.


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