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:
Kokkinakis & Verdasco getting into it on Grandstand in 3rd Rd at #MiamiOpen.. Issue is with TK’s father sitting in first row... Medvedev Tsitsipas looks like the undercard #ATP pic.twitter.com/GSQwCgnVd9— John Horn (@SportsHorn) March 26, 2018
The jousting appeared to prompt a tweet from Kokkinakis's friend and fellow Australian Kyrgios:
Kicking off... pic.twitter.com/Ls1jiYNoDQ— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) March 26, 2018
While Kyrgios deleted the tweet, Verdasco responded, followed by further reaction by Kyrgios:
I would honestly have told it to Fernando’s face, the reason I deleted my previous tweet was because I didn’t want to cause unwanted attention, but I’m just gonna leave this here. Thanks for blocking me, I’m sure that took a lot of courage x— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 26, 2018
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.
Querrey annoyed that Shapovalov was allowed to take a medical time out serving down 4-5 in 3rd set...Obviously thought shouldn’t have been allowed at that moment Caused 5 min delay #ATP #MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/qFX5PYgzKY— John Horn (@SportsHorn) March 26, 2018
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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