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Kyrgios Fined $167k After Swearing, Spitting & Labelling Tennis Ump A "Potato"

Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, has done it again. 

This time he has been fined close to $167,000 after an outburst at the Cincinatti Masters, and may expect more fines or a possible suspension to come. 

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Kyrgios lashed out at an umpire (Fergus Murphy) and smashed a couple of rackets. After quicky losing his match to Russia's Karen Khachanov he had to cop the fine.  

So far he has been fined almost $167k, and this is the current breakdown of each offence:

  • Five counts of unsportsmanlike conduct, totalling $125,400;
  • Verbal abuse, $29,500;
  • Yelling a naughty word, $7370,
  • And leaving the court when he wasn’t meant to, $4427.

He also had been given a warning for "ball abuse" and, under the Player Major Offense section of the code, the ATP could be adding further fines and very possibly a suspension. 

Calling your umpire a "disgrace" and a "potato" probably isn't the best start to a match.

Which leads me to my next question - is fining players enough? Should there be greater sanctions placed on misbehaving players who don't show the proper and expected sportsmanship?