Australian Open 2016: Nick Kyrgios escapes punishment for answering phone on court

Nick Kyrgios has escaped punishment for answering his phone on court before Saturday afternoon’s mixed doubles match at the Australian Open.

Kyrgios raised eyebrows when he decided to take a call from friends before his match with girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic, forcing officials to investigate the incident overnight.

While players are prohibited from using their phones during matches, the 20-year-old won’t be sanctioned given he answered the call before the pre-match meeting.

The Australian Open released a statement on Sunday morning revealing the case had now been closed.

“Referee reviewed the situation,” the statement said.

“As Nick walked on to the court before his match he answered a phone call then hung up. This happened prior to the pre-match meeting and no further action wil be taken. The incident has been closed.” when you bout to lose a match so you see what Thanasi’s up to after 7 pic.twitter老域名出售/njgcgfVf1e— Tom Read (@traread) January 23, 2016

The incident occurred in the straight sets loss against the No.1-ranked Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza, with Kyrgios later revealing he answered a call from his mates.

“Some of my friends called me,” Kyrgios said.

When asked if it was something important, Kyrgios replied: “Kind of, not really”.

Given the match-fixing allegations that were surfaced this week, the timing of Kyrgios’ boundary testing actions were questionable.

While there is no suggestion Kyrgios was involved in suspicious activity, it is not a good look for the sport dealing with major accusations labelled at its players.

Under the tour policy “A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (eg CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the supervisor”.

Given he answered the call before the match, the tournament officials decided he wouldn’t receive a code violation.

After the match Kyrgios also confirmed he and Tomljanovic were dating, following months of speculation, joking that he had to “scrape the barrel” to describe why she was a good mixed doubles partner.

Asked how different it was playing mixed doubles with his girlfriend compared to other women, Kyrgios said: “It was a little bit tougher at times”.

“It was good though. We practise a lot together. To be honest it was easy. I know what her tendencies are on court, I know what her strengths are so I know what she likes to do out there. It was easy.

“It was tough going up against the No.1 seeds and to be honest I thought if we played anybody else I felt we had a fair chance of winning. I felt we were one of the better pairs but it was a tough match up today.”

Tomljanovic said it was a unique experience.

“It was definitely a first,” she said.

“We practised a lot in the off-season and we know each other pretty well. It was fun, but I really don’t like to lose, so at the end of the day I wish we could done better.”

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