The Association of Tennis Professionals has suspended Nick Kygios for his ‘disrespectful’ performance in the second round of the Shanghai Masters against Mischa Zverev last week. He was found to have run foul of the association’s ‘fairness to the game’ rule when he hit a serve to his rival, and walked off before the ball had been returned. The 21-year-old’s punishment could be reduced to three weeks if he sees a sports psychologist and he has also been fined £20,000. He is the first elite tennis player to be suspended by the ATP since American hothead John McEnroe was banned twice, in 1987 and in 1990.
Since the ban was announced Kyrgios has apologised for his behaviour in Shanghai, blaming exhaustion for his meltdown. The world No 14 didn’t confirm if he intended on seeing a sports psychologist, saying only that he would ‘use this time off to improve on and off the court’.
Kyrgios drew criticism for not only giving up on points during his match against Zverev, but also for engaging in a war of words with members of the crowd. At one point he responded to one fan who objected to his behaviour: ‘You wanna come here and play? Sit down and shut up and watch.’
He also told umpire Ali Nili at one point: ‘Can you call time so I can finish this match and go home?’
The temperamental youngster is no stranger to trouble, having been handed a one-match suspended ban for verbally abusing Stan Warwinka during a match in Canada. He was also accused of putting in less than maximum effort during his showdown with Andy Murray at Wimbledon this year.
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