Nick Kyrgios decided to play like the Harlem Globetrotters in his opening match at the Miami Masters, turning his contest into an exhibition match.
The Aussie took fans on the turbulent rollercoaster that only Kyrgios provides as he pulled out his full bag of tricks and bizarre antics as he took the opening set against Alexander Bublik.
Kyrgios went on to triumph with a 7-5 6-3 victory that puts him through to the third round.
Kyrgios appeared disinterested at times in the opening set, but still delivered a freakish display of highlights.
The strange opening set was summed up by the moment Kyrgios reached for his phone during one change of ends and appeared to pretend to take a phone call before making a gesture with his hands that some commentators have interpreted as a signal he wanted to fly home.
The mercurial star may have had enough, but he was still doing plenty of damage with his racquet.
He appeared to be struggling for mobility at times, but his clean ball-striking was enough to overpower his Kazakhstan opponent.
The Miami draw has opened up just a little for Kyrgios after Kei Nishikori was upset by Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who Kyrgios will meet in the third round.
The win is an important bounce back to form for Kyrgios after he was beaten in the opening round at Indian Wells following his tournament win at the Mexico Open in Acapulco.
Kyrgios admitted he didn’t feel well at Indian Wells where he at one point tossed a pair of Nike shoes into the crowd.
“I was feeling good. I had, like, five days to kind of find my feet in practice and stuff,” Kyrgios said at the time after he was eliminated from Indian Wells.
“I just didn’t play well today. Yeah, that’s normal.”
Kyrgios accused tennis pundits and fans of double standards after his loss to Philipp Kolschreiber.
Moments after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was beaten by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells, the Australian highlighted the bias in coverage of big-name players.
Many asked whether Djokovic was at his best or injured in his 6-4 6-4 loss to the world No. 39. Kyrgios lost to the German in the second round and many were quick to criticise his effort.
“Lol yeah, something has to be wrong with him right?,” he tweeted in response to questions about whether Djokovic was OK.
“I lose to Kholi and get absolutely shredded ‘same old kyrgios’ how about the guy is just good? And he knows how to win matches?
“Why we always gotta kiss these guys when they lose.”