Maria Sakkari says she ‘smelt weed’ during her shock exit to Rebeka Masarova in the first round of the US Open on Monday.
Sakkari reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows two years ago but her form at the major tournaments has taken a dip since that run.
The 28-year-old has now suffered first-round defeats at three Grand Slams this year following her opening exits at the French Open and then Wimbledon.
In her post-match interview, Sakkari revealed that she could smell marijuana during her loss to Masarova.
‘It was weed,’ Sakkari said. ‘The smell, oh my gosh. I think it’s from the park.
‘You don’t really think about it, because all you care is just to win the match. I smelled it, but that was it. Like, it wasn’t something that I paid attention to.’
Nick Kyrgios, who missed this year’s US Open due to injury, complained about smelling marijuana during a match at last year’s tournament.
Elsewhere at the US Open on Monday, British qualifier Lily Miyazaki earned her first-ever win at a Grand Slam with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Margarita Betova.
Meanwhile, there was a significant shock in the men’s singles as world No.4 Holger Rune crashed out to unseeded Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.