Nick Kyrgios publicly calls out Alexander Bublik for shouting ‘disabled’ slur

Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios has led the backlash against Alexander Bublik after the Kazakh star made a controversial remark during his defeat to Dominic Thiem on Monday. Bublik has often taken on criticism for his attitude on the tennis court, although he appeared to mature this year.

But the 26-year-old seemingly reverted back to his old ways during his defeat to Thiem in the first round of the US Open. During the middle of the second set, Bublik vented his frustration in Russian with his comments later being translated on social media.

“I’m f***ing sick of getting all these disabled people back in their career,” Bublik said allegedly. Thiem went on to win the match in straight sets for his first victory at a Grand Slam since the 2021 Australian Open.

The Austrian star has been recovering from a serious wrist injury over the past two years. Bublik’s alleged remarks soon went viral on social media and they did not go down well with many.

Kyrgios led the criticism of Bublik, tweeting: “This is low key horrible.” Thiem was also questioned about Bublik’s remarks after their match with the 29-year-old condemning his opponent.

“Yeah, it’s a tough saying, you know, something you shouldn’t say in general, you know, just out of respect,” Thiem said. “Yeah, maybe he didn’t mean it that way or whatever. But, yeah, what can I say about it?.”

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Thiem also admitted after his victory that returning from his long injury battle was tougher mentally than it was physically. “The physical trust is there, you know. Since the injury I have played many tournaments,” he added.

“I did many, many practice sessions. I really also gave a lot of load on the wrist again. So it’s completely fine. The mental side was not that easy as restore the arm was. Was not doing the same job I was used to before the injury, so that was not easy.

“Yeah, with every success, with every match, especially with bigger successes or better weeks like I had in Austria when I played my first finals or also here, back on winning ways in Grand Slams, it helps a lot on the mental side and to get the full trust again in the wrist. And, yeah, that it does 100% what I want with the forehand.”

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