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.
It you thought nothing Nick Kyrgios does is shocking any more... well today he took his bizarre behaviour to a whole new level. This simply has to be seen to be believed. @bovespa01 #9News pic.twitter.com/eKghi63i0E— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) 15 August 2019
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?