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Federer doesn't think Kyrgios should be suspended after chair-throwing incident

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 17 May 2019
  • Kyrgios was defaulted from his Rome Masters clash with Ruud after throwing a chair across court
  • Ruud called for the Australian to be suspended for six months
  • Federer doesn't think the incident warrants a suspension
Nick Kyrgios (PA Images)

Nick Kyrgios has received support from Roger Federer in the aftermath of his chair-throwing antics that resulted in him being defaulted from the Rome Masters on Thursday.

After receiving a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, Kyrgios smashed his racquet, launched a chair across the court and proceeded to walk off court after hearing he would be defaulted while trailing Casper Ruud 3-6 7-6(5) 1-2 in their second round clash.



Kyrgios was fined $32,000 for unsportsmanlike behaviour, loses his $55,000 in prize money (and 45 ranking points won at the event) and has been forced to cover the cost of his hospitality during the tournament.

Ruud called for Kyrgios to cop an additional six-month ban after the incident and said other players on tour shared those thoughts.

“It doesn’t seem like anything makes him change these days,” Ruud said.
“The ATP should do something … I’m not the only one who thinks he should be suspended for at least half a year.”

However, Federer doesn’t believe Kyrgios should be suspended for this particular incident, saying he’s already been punished enough.

“I don’t think he should be suspended,” Federer said. “He walked off the court. What did he do? He hurt a chair? That’s not enough for me.
“I don’t know if he’s on probation or not from his Shanghai thing. If that’s the case, then obviously you can maybe look into it. If that’s run its course, I don’t think he should be suspended.”

According to journalist Christopher Clarey, Kyrgios’ probation period from Shanghai in 2016 - where he was fined for tanking and lack of effort - has been lifted.



Kyrgios himself addressed the matter on Instagram after the dust had settled, while he also mocked Ruud celebrating his win by default.




The wild scenes came just 24 hours after Kyrgios’ explosive interview with Ben Rothenberg for the No Challenges Remaining podcast, where he called out several players, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, along with revealing he was out partying every night during his run to the Acapulco title in February and that he put in the least amount of effort on the practice court out of anyone in the top 100.

Djokovic refused to be dragged into the matter when asked whether Kyrgios should be suspended for his latest antics.

“I’ll let others, officials, decide that,” Djokovic said.


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