Australian Nick Kyrgios could have his original eight-week tournament ban cut down to three weeks after consenting to undertake a “care plan”.
The current ranked world number 13 was initially given the eight-week ban along with a fine of $25,000 following his behaviour at the Shanghai Masters in early October.
The 21-year-old was deemed by the ATP to have not given his best efforts at the Masters in China, but the ATP have said that they will reduce the ban to three weeks should Krygios seek help from a sports psychologist.
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The young tennis star and his management have declined to comment on the situation, and although the ATP has revealed that Kyrgios is receiving treatment, they have refused to disclose the full details of the care plan.
A statement read: "Nick has taken up the care plan on offer to him from the ATP. The details and contents of the plan are strictly confidential.”
If the Australian tennis player completes the plan, it could see him return to the court as soon as November 7, rather than having to wait until January 15.
Kyrgios was scrutinised following the 6-3 6-1 defeat in Shanghai to German Mischa Zverev, in which he was thought to have returned docile serves, and also received a code violation after he verbally abused a spectator.
He was subsequently booed at the tournament for his attitude and it’s not the first time the Aussie’s actions have got him into trouble either.
He was fined last year in Shanghai as well following a foul-mouthed outburst, in which he deemed the tournament a “circus”.
This followed a suspension he was given two months earlier for making sexual comments towards opponent Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend during their match.
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