Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios | Picture: ATP

Australian Tennis player Nick Kyrgios has been handed a suspended 16-week ban and a $25,000 fine by ATP, for his outburst during the Cincinnati Open.

However, the $25,000 ban will kick in only if Kyrgios commits a similar offence within a six month period. The 24-year-old will also have to agree on consulting a mental doctor and a counsellor for behavioural management before the end of the year.

The Australian was initially fined $113,000 for abusing umpire Fergus Murphy in his loss to Karen Khachanov in Cincinnati. He was also seen spitting towards the official and smashing racquets.

The 24-year-old has been regarded as one of the most Volatile figures in the sport. He has been fined several times in the past for his ‘aggravated behaviour’.

Kyrgios even labelled ATP, as ‘corrupt’. However, he quickly backtracked, stating he had meant to accuse men’s Tennis governing body of double standards rather than corruption.

“The investigation found a pattern of behaviour related to Kyrgios’s verbal abuse of officials and/or spectators in the past 12 months that constitutes a violation,” ATP said in a release.

The World No 27 can lodge an appeal if he wishes to do so.

 

 

 

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