Just a day after he was forced to retract comments calling the ATP ‘pretty corrupt’, Nick Kyrgios was at war with US Open officials before he had even started playing his second-round match against Antoine Hoang.
During the warm-up, Kyrgios put up the collar on his Nike polo shirt and it revealed the phrase ‘Just do you’ stitched into the clothing.
The term is a play on the iconic ‘Just do it’ slogan by the American sportswear company.
But when the umpire told Kyrgios he was not allowed to play with the phrase on show, the Australian demanded to speak to the match supervisor.
Kyrgios had a lengthy discussion with the supervisor and was heard saying: “I wanna see the rule. I wanna see the rule.
“I’m not going to play until you show me the rule.”
Kyrgios eventually relented and started the match, breaking Hoang in the very first game.
And the 24-year-old would go on to produce an impressive performance to set up a match with in-form Russian Andrey Rublev on Saturday.
In his post-match press conference, Kyrgios was questioned over the dispute and revealed he has been given the all-clear to play his matches in the future with the collar up and slogan on display.
“I think they thought it was a slogan, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t anything to do with a marketing thing. It was just a design issue,” he said.
“I think they must have read it wrong. I think they thought it said Just Do It, like the slogan. It was actually Just Do You. I think it was a mix-up.
“It’s all cleared up now. I can wear that. I can wear the collar up.
“It was just like a little bit of a thing I was going to do with Nike, just a little bit of a design type thing.
“I mean, yeah, that’s it really. I mean, I knew that the supervisor was wrong when I was out there.
“I mean, but I just folded my collar down.”