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


August 16, 2019 05:07:02

Nick Kyrgios has been fined $US113,000 ($166,000) by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for five counts of unsportsmanlike conduct and verbal abuse including audible obscenity.

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
  • Kyrios also took aim at fellow player Rafael Nadal, who he accused of being slow

The offences occurred during his second round loss to Russian eighth seed Karen Khachanov at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, that ended with him calling the umpire a “f***ing tool” and spitting in his direction in an outburst 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.

BBC sports editor Dan Roan tweeted that the ATP was also considering “if additional action was warranted under Player Major Offense section of code, which could result in suspension”.

Kyrgios also received a fine for leaving the court and a warning for ball abuse.

In the end, Kyrgios lost the match to Khachanov 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (4/7), 2-6, 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 rackets 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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