Nick Kyrgios has been issued a 16-week ban, along with a $25000 fine for his aggravated behaviour, and is subjected to a six month probationary period. The Australian smashed two Racquets in an outburst of anger at the Cincinnati Masters after he lost to Karen Khachanov in August earlier this year. He was then fined a total of $113,000 for five separate offences. Despite this, an ATP investigation determined that the player’s pattern of behaviour over the last 12 months was in violation of the code of the governing body.
Both the suspension and the fine will be triggered if the 24 year old does not comply with certain conditions that have been lain out, which includes avoiding any further code violations that incur a crime. Taking to social media, the player told his fans that he can still play but that he was on probation, adding that he needs to keep a lid on his behaviour and nothing more.
At the end of August, Kyrgios had been warned by umpire James Keothavong for his conduct during the US Open first round match, and then later when asked about his fine in Cincinnati, stated that the ATP was corrupt. He then went on to clarify those comments, saying that it was not the correct choice of words, but did maintain that the ATP was guilty of double standards. Another investigation into the comments found that no violation had occurred on his behalf.
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