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French Open: Nick Kyrgios accuses umpire in controversial match

Australian accuses umpire of double standards after a foul-mouthed rant during his 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 win over Marco Cecchinato in first-round encounter at Roland Garros

Paris: After another confrontation with an umpire, Nick Kyrgios voiced his frustration at perceived double standards.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his first-round match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato at the French Open in Paris yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his first-round match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato at the French Open in Paris yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

The Australian ranted several times at Carlos Ramos after being given a code violation during the first set of his 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 victory over Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the French Open.

Felt hard done by
Kyrgios accused Ramos of "unbelievable bias" in reference to an incident in Rome earlier this month when Novak Djokovic pushed away Carlos Bernardes' arm in a dispute over a line call but was not given a warning.

"I think we all know in this room if that was me that did that, it would be an absolute circus," said Kyrgios at his press conference.

"But if he did it, nothing really happened of it. It speaks for itself."

The warning came during the first-set tie-break after Ramos decided Kyrgios was overly aggressive in requesting his towel from a ball boy.

Marco Cecchinato
Marco Cecchinato

The 17th seed said: "Every time I get a towel from a ball kid I say thank you. Sometimes when you're a bit frustrated you do, not scream at them, but you do get a little mad at them.

'I was a bit loud'
"For me, that time I didn't get mad at all. I just said it a little bit loud. The crowd was going on.

"And if we're going to play by the rules, you have 20 seconds in between points, so I'm not going to wait for the crowd to get quite to get my towel. I just felt like it was a bit rough."

Kyrgios quickly put the incident behind him to win the opening set and then saved two set points in the second in heavy, damp conditions.

Not long after Kyrgios finished, tournament officials finally decided the rain was too heavy to carry on.

In another match of the clay court tournament, nineteenth seed Benoit Paire also beat the weather, battling past qualifier Radu Albot 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

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