John McEnroe felt Nick Kyrgios went a bit "too far" by smashing two rackets following his US Open quarterfinal exit. On Wednesday, Kyrgios exited the US Open after Karen Khachanov handed him a 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 loss.
As Khachanov was celebrating his victory, Kyrgios smashed two rackets in frustration. Later, Kyrgios was fined $14,000 for his outburst. “That was after the match so it was a little unbecoming because - I get he’s frustrated - but this is when [Karen] Khachanov is walking in the centre of the court [saying], ‘Thank you very much the eight people that were on my side’.
So that was going too far - I know something about that. Nick obviously does that almost every match. We saw the full Nick there. To me, I’ve always said it’s better to go out and try and fail than to not try at all.
So he’s finally gotten there. We need to encourage him to keep going and battling," McEnroe said on Eurosport.
McEnroe on Kyrgios' post-match comments
After the loss, Kyrgios was visibly devastated and said that pretty much every tournament outside the Grand Slams is "a waste of time." Kyrgios maybe didn't win a Grand Slam this summer, but making the Wimbledon final and then reaching the US Open quarterfinal proved that he can definitely do well on the biggest stage.
“He’s paid his dues the last three to six months - he’s played a lot more tournaments. I wouldn’t poo poo the other tournaments completely, because that sets you up ranking wise so he would get easier draws potentially - that’s important.
But obviously he’s right that people are going to remember how you do in the Slams," McEnroe added. Now, Kyrgios is returning home, where he plans to spend some time with his family.