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Greek-Australian Tennis Star Kyrgios Justified in US Open Marijuana Complaints

Umpire Nouni signals use of marijuana in the stands of US Open during a match on September 10, 2022..
Greek-Australian tennis star Kyrgios is justified in US Open marijuana complaints as Barbora Krejickova notifies umpire Kader Nouni, pictured, of marijuana smell in the terrain a few days later. Credit: GreekReporter / Twitter @ Eurosport_ES

Greek-Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is joined by a second player in complaining about marijuana being smoked in the stands at the US Open tennis tournament.

Eurosport shared a video showing Barbora Krejickova approaching umpire Kader Nouni to inform him that it “smelled like weed” in the final set of her women’s doubles semi-final on Thursday.

The Czech player appeared to be showing the umpire the area of the stadium where the smell was coming from, prompting him to make a hilarious gesture in an effort to notify the spectator(s) in question that the smell of marijuana reaches the players.

Smoking cannabis was legalized in New York last September. However, US Open is a smoke-free environment, and spectators are advised to refrain from smoking. This includes all types of smoking.

Kyrgios marijuana complaints

Nick Kyrgios was playing his second-round match against Benjamin Bonzi at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on September 1st when he complained about the smell of marijuana coming from the stands.

“You don’t even want to remind anyone not to do it?” he asked the chair umpire, prompting the official to issue a warning to spectators.

However, Kyrgios’s remarks were met with skepticism by tennis fans given his notorious temper.

“I’m a heavy asthmatic, so when I’m running side to side and struggling to breathe already, it’s probably not something I want to be breathing in between points,” Kyrgios explained to reporters after the match.

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