Kyrgios issued second fine for insulting remarks
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Australian Nick Kyrgios has been issued two separate fines and could be suspended for insulting Swiss opponent Stan Wawrinka and a ball person during a match at the Rogers Cup, the ATP said on Thursday.
After his incendiary remark towards Wawrinka was detected by a courtside microphone during their second-round match on Wednesday, Kyrgios took to Twitter and Facebook to apologize for the incident but it did not stop the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from taking quick action.
"Nick Kyrgios has been fined the maximum on site amount of $10,000 for an insulting comment he made to Stan Wawrinka," an ATP spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.
"The ATP ... is still reviewing that matter and additional penalties may be forthcoming."
The other shoe dropped a few hours later when the ATP issued another statement that an additional fine of $2,500 had been imposed for "Unsportsmanlike Conduct related to a comment made to a ball person during the match."
More significantly, the ATP raised the possibility that Kyrgios could be suspended.
"Kyrgios has been served with a 'Notice of Investigation' which begins a process to determine if his actions also constitute a violation of the Player Major Offence provisions set forth under 'Aggravated Behavior' or 'Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game'.
"That investigation opens up the possibility of further penalties which could include additional monetary fines and/or suspension from ATP events."
A couple of hours after the ATP announced it would fine Kyrgios, the 20-year-old player went into damage control mode. Continued...