In the same 48-hour period, Nick Kyrgios announced the end of his time in Asia and the ATP announced its sentence for the Aussie's behavior in Cincinnati.
Last month in Cincinnati, Kyrgios insulted chair umpire Fergus Murphy and walked off the court to break two rackets, racking up $113,000 in fines for eight total offenses.
The ATP fined Nick Kyrgios $25,000 and banned him for 16 weeks, sanctions which will only be applied if he commits similar acts of bad behavior in the next six months. He must also agree to receive support from a "mental coach" while competing at events: https://t.co/pUS2DzwZOX— TENNIS (@Tennis) September 26, 2019
He has been given a further $25,000 fine and 16-week ban, but with some notable leeway. If he can avoid certain code violations for six months, the ban and fine will be lifted. He must also agree to receive support from a mental coach, as well as additional support from a professional specializing in behavioral management during the off-season.
The code violations he must avoid include:
Verbal or physical abuse of officials, spectators or any other persons while on-court or on-site, or
Unsportsmanlike conduct based upon an act, such as spitting, directed towards an official, spectator or other person during or upon conclusion of the match, or
Visible obscenity directed towards an official.
ATP credibility has taken a significant hit.— Matthew Willis (@MattRacquet) September 26, 2019
Kyrgios lost his opener this week in Zhuhai in both singles and doubles, after playing for Team World in Geneva. He withdrew from the final day of Laver Cup action with a shoulder injury.
Kyrgios seems to have taken the situation well, at least on social media.
Kyrgios, for his part, seems OK with it. pic.twitter.com/JWobf4Mqq8— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 26, 2019
"Everyone. I can still play, I'm just on probation, relax, I'll still be playing and tennis will still be fun it's ok. I just have to keep a lid on my [behavior] that's all."