Nick Kyrgios was far from impressed with Alexander Bublik’s controversial comments during his defeat to Dominic Thiem.
The Kazakh suffered a US Open first-round defeat on Monday to the 2020 champion Thiem, losing 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 but during the second set, vented his frustration, allegedly saying in Russian: “I am f***ing sick of giving careers back to disabled people.”
Thiem was involved in his first Grand Slam victory in over two years, after previously being sidelined with a wrist problem.
World No.27 Bublik lost to Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils after both had returned following injury layoffs.
Kyrgios, who is currently struggling with injuries, could not resist a pop at Bublik.
Writing on X, previously known as Twitter, he said: “This is low key horrible.”
Tennis journalist and commentator Jose Morgado also hit out following the remarks for “a tremendous lack of respect.”
Speaking at his press conference, and being told the remarks were translated correctly, Thiem gave his thoughts on the situation.
“It’s a tough saying,” he said.
“Something you shouldn’t say in general, out of respect. Maybe he didn’t mean it that way.”
Bublik is known for his controversial comments on court, having made headlines earlier in the year, smashing three rackets in Montpelier.
Thiem will take on Ben Shelton in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday.