Nick Kyrgios Suspended 8 Weeks, Fined $25K by ATP: Latest Details and Reaction

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Published: October 17, 2016

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been suspended from tournament play for eight weeks and fined $25,000 by the ATP, but he can have his ban reduced to three tournament weeks if he agrees to enter "a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist."

Per the ATP World Tour, Kyrgios, 21, has been sanctioned for "conduct contrary to the integrity of the game" after he appeared to throw a second-round match against Germany's Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Rolex Masters last week.

Should he have to serve the full eight-week suspension, he will not be eligible for tournament play until Jan. 15, 2017, the day before the start of the Australian Open.

Kyrgios issued a statement following the ATP's announcement, apologising for his antics and revealing that, after a long season, his "body finally just gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally."

He signed off with "I am truly sorry and look forward to returning in 2017."

The New York Times' Christopher Clarey provided the statement in full and reported that Kyrgios has agreed to seek help:



After his bizarre defeat to Zverev, Kyrgios was initially fined $10,000 for showing a "lack of best efforts" in the clash, $5,000 for verbal abuse of a spectator and $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, per the Guardian.

Not only did he seem completely uninterested in winning the match—at one point floating a dolly serve over the net and heading for his seat, per TennisTV (via Marathonbet)—but he also argued with a fan who questioned his attitude:



The young Aussie has long been a controversial figure, and his Shanghai performance was far from the first time he raised eyebrows.

At Wimbledon in 2015, Kyrgios appeared to throw a second-set game against Richard Gasquet. Later that year, on court at the ...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Tennis

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