Controversial Australian, Nick Kyrgios has been fined $113,000 by the ATP following his meltdown during his second round meeting with Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.
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According to a statement released by the ATP, Kyrgios was fined for eight different charges, five of them for unsportsmanlike conduct, while he was also fined for leaving the court, verbal abuse, and using audible obscenity. The world No. 27 also received a warning for ball abuse. The sport’s governing body said that it will conduct further investigations into events that happened during and after the match, which could lead to more sanctions on the player.
“In addition to the on-site fines announced today the ATP is looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match to see if additional action is warranted under the Player Major Offense section of the code. That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension”, read the statement.
Kyrgios had had problems with chair umpire, Fergus Murphy during his title run in Washington a couple of weeks ago, and the trouble spilled into Cincinnati, with the volatile Australian hurling curse words at the official, and refusing to shake his hand at the end of the 6-7 7-6 6-2 loss to Khachanov. He was also caught on camera spitting in Murphy’s direction at the end of the match.
As the second set progressed, Kyrgios complained that Murphy was starting the shot clock too early, thereby rushing him between points. He argued that other players, specifically world No. 2, Rafael Nadal, take a lot longer times between points and do not get hurried. The Australian went on to lose the set, but he continued his protests at the sit down, and was subsequently given a point penalty by the umpire.
Kyrgios left the court for an apparent bathroom break, against the wishes of Murphy, and smashed two rackets once he got into the tunnel. The 24-year-old returned with two broken rackets, as a bemused Murphy tried to figure out what exactly was going on.
Kyrgios did not offer much resistance in the final set, as Khachanov ran away with the rest of the match, but the Australian fired one final salvo at the umpire, calling him ‘a tool’, while spitting in Murphy’s general direction.
Kyrgios has been involved in several controversial incidents throughout his career. He was fined at the Queen’s Club in June following another expletive-laden rant at the same official, Murphy, while he was defaulted at the Rome Masters after receiving a series of code violations for offences including kicking a bottle and throwing a chair onto the court. The Australian also courted more controversy after taking aim at some of the sport’s top players during an interview with the No Challenges Remaining Podcast, calling Nadal ‘super salty’ and a ‘sore loser’, while describing Novak Djokovic’s post match celebrations as ‘cringe-worthy’, saying the world No. 1 has a ‘sick obsession with wanting to be liked”.