ATP an­nounces sus­pen­sion, fine for Nick Kyr­gios

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Aus­tralian ten­nis player Nick Kyr­gios, photo right, will miss the rest of the season af­ter be­ing sus­pended by the men’s tour and fined an ad­di­tional $25,000 yes­ter­day for “con­duct con­trary to the in­tegrity of the game.”

The ATP an­nounced the sanc­tions af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Kyr­gios’ con­duct dur­ing a sec­on­dround loss to Ger­man qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev at the Shang­hai Masters.

Kyr­gios gave lit­tle ef­fort dur­ing the 6-3, 6-1 de­feat, even pat­ting a serve over the net and walk­ing off court be­fore his op­po­nent’s serve had crossed back over.

The 21-year-old Aus­tralian had al­ready been fined a to­tal of $16,500 for fail­ing to give a full ef­fort, un­sports­man­like con­duct and ver­bal abuse of a spec­ta­tor.

The ATP said yes­ter­day that, in ad­di­tion to the ex­tra $25,000 fine, Kyr­gios was handed an eightweek sus­pen­sion last­ing through Jan­uary 15 - a day be­fore the start of the Aus­tralian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam tour­na­ment.

How­ever, the tour said the sus­pen­sion will be re­duced to three weeks if Kyr­gios agrees to en­ter “a plan of care un­der the di­rec­tion of a sports psy­chol­o­gist or an equiv­a­lent plan ap­proved by the ATP.” That means he would el­i­gi­ble to re­turn on 7 No­vem­ber.

There are no reg­u­lar tour­na­ments on the sched­ule af­ter 7 No­vem­ber. The only event in No­vem­ber is the ATP fi­nals in London from No­vem­ber 13-20. The 12th-ranked Kyr­gios has not qual­i­fied for the eight-player fi­nals, so he will have to wait un­til next year in any case to re­turn to the tour.

Kyr­gios is­sued a state­ment Mon­day of­fer­ing an­other apol­ogy for his con­duct in Shang­hai and say­ing he will be back in 2017. He did not say whether he would en­ter the treat­ment pro­gram man­dated by the ATP.

“I re­gret that my year is ending this way and that I will not have a chance to con­tinue chas­ing the ATP fi­nals,” Kyr­gios said. “This was an im­por­tant goal for me. I do un­der­stand and re­spect the de­ci­sion by the ATP and I will use this time off to im­prove on and off the court. I am truly sorry and look for­ward to re­turn­ing in 2017.”

Kyr­gios’ out­burst in Shang­hai came only days af­ter he had won his third ti­tle of the season in Tokyo.

Dur­ing the match, Kyr­gios was cau­tioned by the chair um­pire about his con­duct as a pro­fes­sional and booed and jeered by the crowd. Her re­sponded an­grily to the taunt of a fan by shout­ing, “You want to come here and play?”

In a post-match in­ter­view, Kyr­gios said he didn’t care about the crowd re­ac­tion be­cause he didn’t owe them any­thing. It was a day af­ter his open­ing win, when he said he was tired and bored and didn’t re­ally get time to sa­vor his ti­tle-win­ning run in Tokyo over the week­end.

Af­ter the loss, Kyr­gios posted an apol­ogy of sorts on Twit­ter: “Not good enough today on many levels, I’m bet­ter than that. I can go on about ex­cuses but there are none. Sorry #Stil­lAWorkInProgress.”

It was his lat­est run-in with ten­nis au­thor­i­ties. Last year, Kyr­gios in­sulted Stan Wawrinka with crude re­marks dur­ing a match in Mon­treal. He re­ceived $12,500 in fines, as well as a sus­pended 28day ban and a potential fur­ther $25,000 fine if he picked up any other ma­jor of­fenses over the fol­low­ing six months. His pro­ba­tion for that ended in Fe­bru­ary.

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