ATP World Tour Closes Kyrgios Case

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Nick Kyrgios was in any doubt as to his future behavior on a tennis court, the ATP World Tour has cleared up the matter. The message now is very simple for the 20 year-old Australian: behave yourself or else.

Kyrgios has effectively been put on probation for six months by the ruling body of men’s tennis as a final judgment on his well-chronicled on-court admission to Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal 13 days ago that fellow Australian and close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with a player who reportedly is now the French Open champion’s girlfriend.

An ATP World Tour review found the 20-year-old guilty of “aggravated behavior’ and announced Kyrgios would be suspended for 28 days from any ATP-sanctioned event and fined an additional $US 25,000.

He had already been fined $US 10,000 and an additional $US 2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct regarding a comment to a ball person during the same match.

However the most recent penalties shall be withheld provided Kyrgios effectively behaves himself over the next six months, ending February 24, 2016.  And his probation does not apply at next week’s US Open, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Grand Slam Committee rather than the ATP World Tour.

”This incident was egregious and reflected poorly on our sport,” said Gayle David Bradshaw, the ATP World Tour’s executive vice president of rules and competition. ”Nick has expressed regret, and the best result would be that he learns a lesson from this incident and that he understands he is responsible to the tour and to fellow players for both his actions and his words.”

The fine and suspension will be withheld if Kyrgios does not incur any fines for verbal or physical abuse over the next six months, or accumulate fines totaling more than $5,000 for any other offences at ATP-sanctioned tournaments.

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