'Bad boy' Kyrgios banned after Shanghai tantrums

Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:42am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Tennis 'bad boy' Nick Kyrgios has been banned for eight tournament weeks for his conduct at the Shanghai Masters last week, the governing body for men's tennis (ATP) said on Monday.

"The suspension will be reduced to three tournament weeks upon agreement that the player enters a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist..." the ATP said in a statement.

The volatile 21-year-old has also been slapped with an additional $25,000 fine for "conduct contrary to the integrity of the game", which can keep him out of action until mid-January.

Tennis Australia (TA) said Kyrgios, who issued a statement on Monday to apologize for his behavior, has agreed to seek professional help, which could see him return to court on Nov. 7.

"Nick understands the gravity of his actions, has shown remorse and expressed a willingness to improve," TA said in a statement.

"We have always offered assistance and advice to Nick and his team and will continue to do so."

The talented-yet-temperamental Australian was beaten 6-3 6-1 by Mischa Zverev in a second-round match in Shanghai in which Kyrgios put in a series of half-hearted serves and appeared to be walking off court before the unseeded German had returned the ball to him.

Kyrgios also clashed with a spectator before being booed off the court. He was fined $16,500 by the ATP on Thursday.

ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode described Kyrgios as a "phenomenal talent" and hoped the Australian would use his time away from the game constructively.   Continued...

 
Tennis - Japan Open men's Singles Final Match - Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan - 09/10/16. Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a ball to David Goffin of Belgium. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon