Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios calls ATP ‘corrupt’ for $100,000 fine


Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates his win throughout his Males’s Singles first spherical match in opposition to Steve Johnson of the US on day two of the 2019 US Open.
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New York: Nick Kyrgios says the ATP is “corrupt” for fining him greater than $100,000 this month for his behaviour throughout a match.

Requested if that latest punishment from the lads’s tour — solely the most recent in an extended sequence that additionally included a suspension — affected him mentally coming into the US Open, he replied: “By no means. ATP’s fairly corrupt, anyway, so I’m not fussed about it in any respect.”

Kyrgios insulted a chair umpire and left the courtroom to smash two rackets throughout a second-round loss on the Western & Southern Open this month.

The following day, the ATP listed a breakdown of eight fines starting from $3,000 to $20,000 every, for violations reminiscent of unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity.

When a reporter requested a follow-up query about his use of the phrase “corrupt” following his straight-set victory over Steve Johnson that ended previous 1am on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows, Kyrgios first referenced his fines totalling $113,000.

Then he added: “Why are we speaking about one thing that occurred three weeks in the past, once I simply chopped up somebody (within the) first spherical of US Open?”

Kyrgios strutted into the second spherical, sweeping previous Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6, 6-4.

It was practically midnight when the final match of the day began however Kyrgios saved the gang awake along with his standard combination of nice tennis and unhealthy language, together with a warning within the second set for cursing after he was angered when a fan moved behind the baseline.

However minutes later he summoned a few of his finest tennis to stop Johnson from moving into the match, seizing a 6-0 lead within the tiebreaker. He capped that run by sprinting to chase down a drop shot, then strutting close to the web after successful the purpose.

Kyrgios being Kyrgios, the Australian acquired a code violation for an audible obscenity following an argument with the chair umpire.

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