Nick Kyrgios accuses line judge of 'rigging game' at Queen's

Kyrgios speaks with the umpire
Nick Kyrgios spoke to the umpire after he disagreed with a call from a line judge

Australian Nick Kyrgios accused a line judge of "rigging the game" and swore at the umpire in his first-round win at Queen's.

Kyrgios, 24, also berated himself for "playing Fifa until 3am" before beating Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena.

The world number 39 ranted at umpire Fergus Murphy after losing a set point which he thought was a double fault.

Kyrgios then lost 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 to teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in his second match of the day.

Kyrgios was given a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour after his first tirade at Murphy, in which he said: "It couldn't have been further out. What are you doing?"

That did not stop him continuing to question the integrity of the officials and threatening to walk off court.

"The ball was this far out on the second serve. I'm going," he added.

"I'm not going to give 100% when I've got linesmen rigging the game; I don't want to play."

His other antics included peering over a fence at a changeover to watch Gilles Simon's match against Kevin Anderson on the adjacent court, trying to fist-bump with a line judge and mocking the umpire's choice of headwear.

"It's a joke, man. It's a serious joke," he said to Murphy. "Like your hat looks ridiculous, also. It's not even sunny."

Kyrgios looks over a fence at the next court
Kyrgios began watching a game on another court during a change of ends

Despite his angry outbursts, Kyrgios went on to win 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to set up a second-round match against Canadian Auger-Aliassime.

Rain delays meant the Australian had to play that game later on Thursday and he was disruptive then too, getting a warning for hitting a ball out of the stadium.

He also served underarm, overruled one line call in his opponent's favour and was unhappy with a camerawoman who took his photo as he blew his nose.

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