Nick Kyrgios has been told that he must abide by the rules or risk being banned from the ATP tour for 16 weeks.
The governing body of men’s tennis has been investigating the 24-year-old following his conduct at the Cincinnati Masters. During his match against Karen Khachanov, Kyrgios was fined $113,000 for eight separate offences made. Including unsportsmanlike conduct and walking off the court to smash his racket without permission. It was during that match where he clashed with umpire Fergus Murphy and appeared to have spat in Fergus’ direction at the end of the match
A breakdown of the fine
– Unsportsmanlike conduct (point penalty) – $20,000
– Leaving the court – $3000
-Audio obscenity – $5000
-Unsportsmanlike conduct – $5000
-Unsportsmanlike conduct – $20,000
-Verbal abuse – $20,000
-Unsportsmanlike conduct – $20,000
-Unsportsmanlike conduct – $20,000
Gayle David Bradshaw, who is the ATP Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, has found Kyrgios to be guilty of violating the player code. More specifically, the Aggravated Behaviour under the Player Major Offence provision. He said the conclusion was based on the player’s ‘Verbal Abuse of officials and/or spectators in the past 12 months.’
“A series of two (2) or more violations of this Code within a twelve (12) month period which singularly do not constitute aggravated behaviour, but when viewed together establish a pattern of conduct that is collectively egregious and is detrimental or injurious to ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour tournaments.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states.
In light of the verdict, Kyrgios has been hit with a six-month probation period. Where he must behave on the tour. Should he violate any more rules, he would be fined $25,000 and more substantially banned from all ATP-level events for 16 weeks. The suspended penalties placed on him will only be lifted after six months if all the conditions are met.
The verdict comes on the same day Kyrgios has announced that he will skip the Asian swing of the tour due to injury. It is unclear as to if or when he will play again this year. Although he has previously expressed interest in participating in the Davis Cup finals. A tournament that falls in the jurisdiction of the ITF, not ATP.
There is some good news for the Australian. His second investigation has been dismissed. During the US Open he raised eyebrows when saying the ATP was ‘corrupt’ during a press conference. However, a day later he clarified his remarks. The ATP concludes that the incident didn’t qualify as a ‘major player offence.’
Kyrgios has the right to appeal the penalty, but must do within the next five days. Should he not appeal, he will be on probation until March.
There has been no response from Kyrgios or his team yet to the ATP’s verdict.
(VIDEO) Novak Djokovic Makes Tearful Tribute To Mentor Kobe Bryant After Australian Open Win
The world No.2 pays his respect to ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time’ on the Rod Laver Arena.
World No.2 Novak Djokovic shed tears following his quarter-final win over Milos Raonic after paying tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The 16-time grand slam champion took to the Rod Laver Arena wearing a green zip-up top. On the top right of his jacket with Bryant’s initial along with the numbers 8 and 24. The jersey numbers Bryant worn throughout his 20-year NBA career with the LA Lakers. A love heart was also placed under the numbers on Djokovic’s top.
“’I don’t know what we could say. It really caught us by surprise.” An emotional Djokovic said during his on-court interview with John McEnroe on Tuesday.
‘He was one of the greatest athletes of all time, he inspired myself and many other people around the world. I had that fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the last 10 years.’
‘When I needed some advice and support, he was there for me. He was my mentor, my friend, it’s just heartbreaking to see what has happened to him and his daughter. It’s unbelievable.’
Bryant was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. As an athlete, he achieved numerous milestones. Including being named the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also a two-time Olympic gold medallist and played in 18 All Star Games.
Just days before Bryant’s death, Djokovic spoke about their friendship during an interview with ESPN. Praising him for the support he received during his elbow injury and fall in the rankings during 2017 and the start of 2018. Reflecting on the conversations the two have had, he said he received some ‘valuable guidance.’
“Kobe has been one of my mentors,” Djokovic told ESPN. “I’ve had several phone conversations with him and also of course when we see each other live in the past couple of years. When I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling to mentally and emotionally handle all of these different things that were happening to me and dropping in the Rankings and then having to work my way up, he was one of the people who was really there for me to give me some very valuable advice and guidelines to kind of believe and trust in myself, trust the process that I’ll be back.”
Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
The tribute can be watched below (from 00:30 to 01:40)
Dominic Thiem reaches his first quarter final at the Australian Open
Dominic Thiem eased past Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 50 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open. Thiem has extended his winning streak to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Monfils.
He fought back from two sets to one down to beat Australia’s Alex Bolt in the second round, but he won eight of his past nine sets to advance to the quarter finals.
Thiem got two breaks in the first set and never faced a single break point in the entire match. The Austrian player converted his fourth break point after three deuces, as Monfils missed a backhand volley wide. Thiem started the third set with an early break in the first game, as Monfils hit an inside-out forehand wide from the middle of the court wide. Thiem won his next service games and held his final game at love.
Thiem will face Rafael Nadal in a re-match of last year’s Roland Garros final.
“I think that I played my best match so far at this year’s Australian Open. It’s a very good feeling. The score looks way easier than the match was. I think I was lucky to make an early break in each set and I was managing to hold my serve well. I am so happy because I am in the quarter final here for the first time”, said Thiem.
Alexander Zverev tops Andrey Rublev to set Australian Open quarter final against Stan Wawrinka
Alexander Zverev beat his friend Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open for the first time in his career and his third at Grand Slam level.
Zverev broke serve once in each set. The German player has not dropped a set at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.
Zverev ended Rublev’s 15-match winning streak. Rublev had not lost a match since October, winning four matches at the Davis Cup last November and back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide.
In the opening set Zverev earned his first break at 3-3, as Rublev hit a forehand into the net. He held his serve to consolidate the break and wrapped up the first set after 29 minutes, when Rublev hit a crosscourt backhand wide.
Zverev started the second set with an immediate break in the first game of the second set and closed it out with a hold at love with an ace after 29 minutes.
Zverev broke serve for the third time in the match in the ninth game of the third set to take a 5-4, when Rublev made a groundstroke error, and sealed the win with a forehand volley.
“It feels amazing. I played some great matches against some great opponents. This is Andrey’s first loss of the season, having won two tournaments and getting through to the fourth round with unbelievable tennis. I have known Andrey since we were ten years old. I think he will be top 15, top 10 very soon. I am just happy and I hope I can continue”,said Zverev.
Zverev will face Stan Wawrinka in the quarter final. The German star beat Wawrinka twice in their previous two head-to-head matches in St. Petersburg 2016 and Miami 2017.
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