TROU­BLED KYR­GIOS EYES MORE TIME OFF NEXT YEAR

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TROU­BLED Aus­tralian ten­nis star Nick Kyr­gios has in­di­cated he will play fewer tour­na­ments in 2017 af­ter his melt­down at the Shang­hai Mas­ters saw him slapped with an eight-week ban. The world No. 14, who gave away points and swore and ar­gued with fans be­fore be­ing booed off court af­ter his sec­on­dround de­feat in China last week, blamed his body giv­ing up phys­i­cally and men­tally. It led to the ATP or­der­ing a US$25,000 fine and the ban, which can be re­duced to three weeks if the 21year-old sees a psy­chol­o­gist, which Ten­nis Aus­tralia said he had agreed to do. In a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion on Twit­ter yes­ter­day, the sus­pended star was asked what his goals were for next year. “More time off,” he replied. He was also ques­tioned on whether he en­joyed play­ing ten­nis, to which he an­swered: “lol”. The Shang­hai out­burst was the lat­est in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the Aus­tralian. Last year he was given a sus­pended one-month ban for mak­ing com­ments to Swiss star Stan Wawrinka about his girl­friend. If he goes through with his com­mit­ment to seek help for his tem­per, he could re­turn to the tour on Novem­ber 7, af­ter the three-week ban.

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