Nick Kyrgios has been fined $113,000 and warned he might face a ban on high of that preliminary punishment after his ill-mannered exit from the Western & Southern Open.
The Australian hurled abuse at umpire Fergus Murphy, describing him as “the worst, hands down” throughout a second-round defeat to Russian Karen Khachanov on Wednesday.
At one stage, Kyrgios violently smashed two rackets away from the gaze of the group in Cincinnati as he took a toilet break, with out permission from Murphy, between the second and third units.
He has had earlier run-ins with Murphy and referred to as him “a tool” on the finish of Wednesday’s match.
The ATP, which runs males’s tennis, got here down laborious on Kyrgios and issued a succession of fines for unsportsmanlike conduct, made up of 4 separate $20,000 penalties and one for $5,000.
He was given an additional $20,000 punishment for verbal abuse, a $5,000 penalty for an audible obscenity and a $3,000 superb for leaving the courtroom with out permission.
Kyrgios, who was handed a ban from the tour for eight event weeks in late 2016, might discover himself suspended once more over his conduct.
It might imply the risky 24-year-old’s place on the upcoming U.S. Open is in danger.
In a press release obtained by Omnisport, the ATP stated: “Along with the on-site fines introduced immediately the ATP is wanting additional into what occurred throughout and instantly after the match to see if further motion is warranted beneath the participant main offense part of the code.
“That would end in an extra superb and/or suspension.”
Kyrgios, who received the Washington Open title earlier this month, misplaced in three units to Khachanov.