Nick Kyrgios joined by second player in US Open marijuana comment as umpire makes gesture

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A second player has joined Nick Kyrgios in complaining about marijuana being smoked in the stands at the US Open. Barbora Krejickova informed umpire Kader Nouni that it “smelled like weed” in the final set of her women’s doubles semi-final on Thursday, prompting the chair official to make a hilarious gesture.

Kyrgios was playing his second-round match against Benjamin Bonzi on Louis Armstrong Stadium last week when he claimed someone in the stands was smoking marijuana. “You don’t even want to remind anyone not to do it?” he asked the umpire.

“It was f***** marijuana. Obviously I’m not going to be complaining about food stuff. Obviously not. Obviously when athletes are running side-to-side and they have asthma already it’s probably not ideal.” His complaints prompted the official to issue a warning to spectators, announcing: “Ladies and gentlemen, as a courtesy to both players, please refrain yourselves from smoking around the court.”

And the Aussie has now been joined by a second player who noticed the same thing happening on the same court. Krejcikova was serving at 0-1 in the final set of her women’s doubles semi-final when she approached the chair to tell him that it “smelled like weed,” before retreating to the baseline to point out the area the smell was coming from.

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The famous umpire – known for his Barry White-like voice – accidentally called the violation against Pegula before correcting himself, as Swiatek had failed to keep up with the server’s pace and left the American waiting to complete her game. “There were still eight seconds left on the clock,” the top seed responded, though Pegula had been waiting to serve long before.

The incident came on game point for the world No 8, and Pegula ended up earning the first service hold of the set after multiple breaks. But Swiatek was still unhappy with the call at the changeover, asking Nouni to “show her the rules”.

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