Nick Kyrgios faces the possibility of a hefty fine and could potentially come under investigation for answering his phone oncourt ofa mixed doubles match at the AustralianOpen on Saturday.
It is unclear whether Kyrgios, who partnered newly-confirmed girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic, answered his phone before the match or during at the change of ends, however the 20-year-old confirmed he did use the device while on court.
Eyebrows were raised in the straight sets lossagainst 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”.
Grin and bear it: Nick Kyrgios during a first round mixed doubles match. Photo: Michael Dodge
Given the match-fixing allegations that were surfaced this week, the timing of Kyrgios’ boundary testing actions could land him in hot water and is likely to receive a code violation.
While there is no suggestion Kyrgios was involved in suspicious activity, it is not a good look for the sport who is dealing with major accusations labelled at its players.
Under the tour policy “A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (egCD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the supervisor”.
After the match Kyrgiosalso 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.”