The Courier-Mail

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US OPEN PRIME TIME. IT’S NO PLACE FOR A ...

- ANNA CALD­WELL

NICK Kyr­gios must step up or shut up at the US Open to­day, with his show­down against Andy Mur­ray set for prime time on cen­tre court.

All eyes will be on the big­mouthed brat (left) and Mur­ray (right), who have been handed the cov­eted night-time spot, rel­e­gat­ing crowd favourite Roger Fed­erer to the day sched­ule when he opens his cam­paign against Leonardo Mayer.

The 7pm New York match (9am Qld time) con­firms tour or­gan­is­ers view Kyr­gios as a ma­jor pub­lic­ity driver for the Open.

He will be part of a conn tin­gent of nine Aus­tralians ns tak­ing to the court for day ay two.

But he is the on­lyy one fac­ing a hos­tile re­cep­tion from the 22,000-strong crowd at Arthur Ashe Sta­dium on n the back of his now w in­fa­mous “Kokkin­nakis banged your ur girl­friend” sledge. e.

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