ATP hand Nick Kyrgios ban of eight weeks & fines $25,000

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Australian tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios has been banned for eight weeks and told to pay $25,000 (£20,560) for disgraceful antics during the Shanghai Masters last week, the BBC reports.

Authorities deemed Kyrgios breached the code of conduct by verbally abusing fans present at the venue.

He was accused of throwing away a host of points during the game against Mischa Zverev, too - his actions resulting in a series of jeers from the spectators.

The Aussie ace retaliated by saying: “I didn’t ask you to come watch – I don’t owe you anything.”

To make matters worse, he began walking back to his chair before Zverev’s serve even landed.

However, the 21-year-old has agreed to consult a sports psychologist as instructed by ATP which could see his ban reduce to three weeks.

Kyrgios later apologised for his behaviour stating that he was “truly sorry”, and promising to come back in an improved manner.

The world number 14 was quoted by BBC Sport saying: “I regret that my year is ending this way. I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP.

"The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer.

"My body finally just gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally."

Although he admitted that such kind of attitude on the pitch as well as off it cannot be acceptable.

"This is no excuse, and I know very well that I need to apologise to the fans."

Tennis Australia has backed their player and accepted the ATP's decision to look into the matter and offer advice to Kyrgios in future.

World number two Andy Murray focused on the fact that not much emphasis is given on the mental state of the professional players as it is assumed they would be mentally strong.

"Sometimes players do need protecting. Sometimes he goes into press and says things he regrets.

"In those situations he maybe needs to be guided a little bit better."

This is not the first instance Kyrgios has courted punishment for conduct issues as in 2015 he served a 28 days ban alongside a fine of $25,000 for making lewd remarks about Stanislas Wawrinka’s girlfriend in Montreal.

Adding to that, the tennis fraternity criticised his display at Wimbledon and US Open, and he also withdrew from the Olympic Games in Rio this summer following altercations with the Australian Olympic Committee.

One of the brightest talents in the game, Kyrgios must quickly mend his ways or else he would never be able to fulfil his true potential.

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