SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 12, 2019) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA - FOR NEWS PURPOSES ONLY.
NO RESALES) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NICK KYRGIOS, SPEAKING ABOUT UMPIRES, SAYING: "I love them, gotta deal with them all the time.
Their job's tough, they're just doing the best they can.
I understand that sometimes I do go a bit too far in frustration but when I'm competing out there you do kind of lose touch with reality, they're just normal people trying to do their best.
They do make mistakes.
So when I see them off the court I kind of laugh when I walk past them and they know that on court things happen but off the court.... it's a strange occupation, I mean I wouldn't personally do it because I wouldn't want a guy like myself just hounding me for two and a half hours, but someone's got to do it I guess." STORY: Nick Kyrgios has had more than his fair share of run-ins with umpires over his career and on Saturday (January 12) the Australian revealed that he thought it "strange" that anyone would want to officiate on a tennis court.
The maverick 23-year-old has been forced to pay out tens of thousands of dollars in fines for swearing, making obscene gestures, racket smashing and not trying after falling foul of officials in his six years as a professional.
Kyrgios said he understood that umpires were just "normal people" doing "the best they can" -- even if they did make mistakes -- and admitted that he sometimes went "a bit too far" when he got frustrated on court.
Away from the playing arena, however, his over-riding emotion was one of amusement.
"When I see them off the court, I kind of laugh when I walk past them," he told reporters at Melbourne Park.
"They know on court things happen.
But off the court, it's a strange occupation to do.
I wouldn't personally do it because I wouldn't want a guy like myself just hounding me for two and a half hours.
"Someone's got to do it, I guess." Kyrgios faces a tough first-round opponent in Milos Raonic at Melbourne Park next week.