Kyr­gios is­sued sec­ond fine for in­sult­ing re­marks

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Aus­tralian Nick Kyr­gios has been is­sued two sep­a­rate fines and could be sus­pended for in­sult­ing Swiss op­po­nent Stan Wawrinka and a ball per­son dur­ing a match at the Rogers Cup, the ATP said.

Af­ter his in­cen­di­ary re­mark to­wards Wawrinka was de­tected by a court­side mi­cro­phone dur­ing their sec­ond-round match on Wed­nes­day, Kyr­gios took to Twit­ter and Face­book to apol­o­gize for the in­ci­dent but it did not stop the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ten­nis Pro­fes­sion­als (ATP) from tak­ing quick ac­tion. "Nick Kyr­gios has been fined the max­i­mum on site amount of $10,000 for an in­sult­ing com­ment he made to Stan Wawrinka," an ATP spokesper­son said. "The ATP ... is still re­view­ing that mat­ter and ad­di­tional penal­ties may be forth­com­ing."

The other shoe dropped a few hours later when the ATP is­sued another state­ment that an ad­di­tional fine of $2,500 had been im­posed for "Un­sports­man­like Con­duct re­lated to a com­ment made to a ball per­son dur­ing the match."

"Kyr­gios has been served with a ' No­tice of In­ves­ti­ga­tion' which be­gins a process to de­ter­mine if his ac­tions also consti- tute a vi­o­la­tion of the Player Ma­jor Of­fence pro­vi­sions set forth un­der 'Ag­gra­vated Be­hav­ior' or 'Con­duct Con­trary to the In­tegrity of the Game'. "That in­ves­ti­ga­tion opens up the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther penal­ties which could in­clude ad­di­tional mon­e­tary fines and/or sus­pen­sion from ATP events."

A cou­ple of hours af­ter the ATP an­nounced it would fine Kyr­gios, the 20-year-old player went into dam­age con­trol mode. "I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to apol­o­gize for the com­ments I made dur­ing the match last night vs Stan," Kyr­gios tweeted. He also posted the com­ment on Face­book, adding: "My com­ments were made in the heat of the mo­ment and were un­ac­cept­able on many lev­els.

"In ad­di­tion to the pri­vate apol­ogy I've made, I would like to make a public apol­ogy as well. I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for my ac­tions and re­gret what hap­pened." Kyr­gios, in the com­ment picked up by a court­side mi­cro­phone, said to Wawrinka: "Kokki­nakis banged your girl­friend," re­fer­ring to his Davis Cup team mate Thanasi Kokki­nakis.

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