Nick Kyrgios fined $US113,000 by ATP for unsportsmanlike conduct and verbal abuse – ABC News


Updated

August 16, 2019 07:06:41

Nick Kyrgios has been fined $US113,000 ($166,742) after his meltdown, which included persistent abuse of an umpire, at the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday.

Key points:

  • Kyrgios broke several racquets, called the umpire a “f***ing tool” and spat in his direction
  • The ATP is considering if additional action is warranted, including suspension
  • There were five counts of unsportsmanlike conduct among the penalties handed down

The offences occurred during his second round loss to Russian eighth seed Karen Khachanov at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, thatended with him calling the umpire a “f***ing tool”, spitting in his direction and refusing to shake his handin an display ESPN commentators described as “disgusting”.

Along the way there were references to Rafael Nadal, a fume at time penalties he never actually received, and a very brief “bathroom break” that came at the cost of two racquets.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which governs the men’s game, released a statement detailing the penalties for the Aussie, which started with a warning for ball abuse.

Breaking down the fines

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct — point penalty ($29,512)
  • Leaving the court ($4,426)
  • Audible obscenity ($7,378)
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct ($7,378)
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct ($29,512)
  • Verbal abuse ($29,512)
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct ($29,512)
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct ($29,512)

*All figures in AUD

Kyrgios received a fine for leaving the court because he said he was “going to the bathroom” before immediately smashing his racquets in the hallway.

According to the ATP rulebook, “toilet breaks should be taken on a set break and can be used for no other purpose”.

“In addition to the on-site fines announced today, the ATP is looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match to see if additional action is warranted under the Player Major Offence section of the code,” a statement read.

“That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension.”

Major offences are meted when the rulebook is breached in “circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tournament, or are singularly egregious”.

Kyrgios, for his part, appeared to respond to the punishment by the ATP with a smirk on Instagram.

Kyrgios lost the match to Khachanov 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (4/7), 2-6 after a third-set capitulation, but the result was only a very small part of the story.

Kyrgios’s mood began to sour at the end of the first set when, while turning around a 5-3 deficit to win in a tiebreak, he complained of a lower leg injury and called for a trainer — Kyrgios could be heard saying he would have been “done” had he not ended up winning the set.

Things went downhill quickly from there as Kyrgios began to unload on umpire Fergus Murphy.

“Why do I always have problems with this potato in the chair?” Kyrgios asked of the Irish umpire.

“Every time, it’s always him. He’s a spud.”

Regularly referring to himself as “the fastest player on tour”, Kyrgios randomly began to bring the notoriously slow Nadal into the argument — “what sport does Rafa play? Not tennis,” Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios continued his verbal taunts, calling Murphy “the worst ref ever”, before smashing up some racquets during a bathroom break.

After shaking hands with Khachanov, Kyrgios turned towards the umpire.

“You’re a f***ing tool, bro,” he said, before spitting in the umpire’s direction and refusing to shake his hand.

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August 16, 2019 04:59:32

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