Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios fined $113K for Cincinnati tantrum

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios fined $113K for Cincinnati tantrum

Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, poses for photos with a trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russian Federation, in a final match at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Washington.

Nick Kyrgios had another eventful night on the tennis court during his second-round match against Karen Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.

After the match ended in a three-set defeat, Kyrgios chose to call Murphy a "fucking tool" before making his way off the court.

The ATP, which runs men's tennis, came down hard on Kyrgios and issued a succession of fines for unsportsmanlike conduct, made up of four separate $20,000 penalties and one for $5,000.

The ATP listed a breakdown of eight fines ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 each for violations such as unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity.

In addition to the fines, the ATP said it is investigating to see if further action is warranted under the Player Major Offense guidelines. "That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension".

The latest iteration of the Kyrgios saga erupted after he lost the second set to Khachanov.

Kyrgios could be facing suspension after he spat the dummy during his second-round match at the Cincinnati Masters.

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During the third set, Kyrgios took an impromptu bathroom break whose objective was purely to destroy a pair of rackets.

"Nick Kyrgios's behaviour in this match was, yet again, that of a jerk", he said on Twitter, adding that Murphy was well-respected on the tour.

The unseeded 24-year-old then left the court for what he deemed a bathroom break, despite protests from Murphy, and television pictures showed him smashing his rackets in a tunnel.

Khachanov won the match, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2.

In a fit of rage, Kyrgios smashed both rackets before walking back on to the court.

"You're telling me Rafa plays that quick every service point? He can serve the ball!"

Our outright pick, Alex De Minaur, also progressed into round three with a straight-set victory over Reilly Opelka, and today he faces Yoshihito Nishioka, who surprisingly got past his Japanese countryman, Kei Nishikori.

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