Nick Kyrgios complains of marijuana smell during US Open second round win
Marijuana has reportedly been discovered in an Australian Open first round match-up with Ryan Harrison.
The world No.11 complained of the smell when serving to Harrison, leaving Australia No.16 looking set for a 5-2 upset in the fifth round on August 31.
Carrying an incredible 61 winners on the season, Harrison made up for the lost serves in the second set by breaking Kyrgios twice and winning the third and a tiebreak.
The Australian, who claimed a first-round win over Grigor Dimitrov earlier on this week, admitted he did smoke marijuana back in his teens.
“I’ve never smoked anything until about a year ago,” said Harrison afterwards. “I had an occasional joint before that, but I’ve never smoked anything before then.”
“It was after my first round match-up against a guy from Australia at the US Open, and he was smoking a joint before he went out to play. But I never smoked anything then.
“I’ve never really thought about it. To be honest, if I had, I wouldn’t have lost so much the second set.
“I probably could have won that game.”
Harrison, who won the 2017 Australian Open and Wimbledon junior doubles titles with partner Alex Clayton, finished the second set by hitting three aces from break point position down two games and hitting an ace to seal victory.
“After the game I thought I should probably say something about it,” he said. “Obviously it’s not an excuse but… I should have had more focus.
“I should have been more focused.”
Kyrgios added that he was still looking forward to the second round match against French Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tomorrow.
“I need to be ready to come back here tomorrow, and I’ll do my best. I’m looking forward to it. To get into this round, I’m confident,” he said.
“I haven’t been practicing a lot the last couple of weeks