Nick Kyrgios’ brother has been slammed for wearing a T-shirt promoting gambling while watching his sibling at the Australian Open.
As the 22-year-old was praised for defying multiple disruptions to defeat Viktor Troicki on Wednesday, his brother Christos was under fire for wearing the Sportsbet T-shirt.
Fans accused Christos, 29, of being a ‘human billboard’ for wearing the shirt which had ‘Chill bro’ in large capitals with the online betting company’s logo.
One Twitter fan said: ‘Interesting that Kyrgios’ brother can sit court side with a Sportsbet shirt so visible. Not much protection for AusOpen official sponsor William Hill.’
Another said: ‘As if we don’t see enough gambling advertisements, we now have Nick Kyrgios’ brother acting as a human billboard in the player’s box. Standing up for the cameras. Are you serious Australian Open?’
‘Christos Kyrgios [is] acting as a walking, talking ad for Sportsbet Australia,’ said another.
William Hill is a major sponsor of the Australian Open, and is a direct competitor of Australian online bookmaker Sportsbet.
Crowd favourite Nick Kyrgios was preparing to serve for the second game in the second set when he was interrupted by Jamie Zhu, who was standing directly alongside his box
Daily Mail Australia contacted Sportsbet and William Hill for comment.
The match was marred with interruptions beginning when a self-proclaimed ‘social media entertainer’, Jamie Zhu, filmed himself while making a ‘sex noise’.
Moments later a helicopter hovering overhead drowned out the sounds of the game, followed by problems with the umpire’s microphone and the PA system.
The bizarre tennis match also saw the umpire smashed in the temple thanks to a loose backhand from Kyrgios’ opponent Viktor Troicki.
Kyrgios described the second round match as ‘tough’ saying the distractions made him lose his rhythm
Kyrgios, who was fined $3,700 after his first round match for telling a fan to ‘shut the f*** up’, said ‘Well done, you’re an idiot,’ to Zhu after the video stunt.
Kyrgios will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, and is hoping to play in the Rod Laver Arena.
He described the second round match as ‘tough’ saying the distractions made him lose his rhythm.
‘It was tough, there was a lot of stuff going on out there, had a helicopter above us for three games and the microphone wasn’t working for pretty much the whole match,’ he said.
An attention-seeking internet prankster brought Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open match to a halt after he began filming himself while making a ‘sex noise’.