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ATP orders Kyrgios to see psychologist or face eight-week ban

Kyrgios was booed off the court at the Shanghai Masters following his argument with a fan and the chair umpire. Photograph: (Getty)

WION London, United Kingdom Oct 17, 2016, 05.08 PM (IST)

Wayward tennis star Nick Kyrgios will seek psychological help to avoid an eight week ban ordered by the ATP for a tantrum at the Shanghai Masters, Tennis Australia said Monday.

The ATP ordered a $25,000 (22,700 euros) fine and said a three week ban would be increased to eight weeks if the 21-year-old Kyrgios did not seek help for his temper.

The world number 14 gave away points and swore and argued with fans before being booed off court after his 6-3, 6-1 defeat by Mischa Zverev in his second round match last week.

"Nick's conduct in Shanghai was unacceptable, disrespectful to the sport and its fans," said ATP executive chairman Chris Kermode.

Tennis Australia said in a statement that it would support Kyrgios. "Nick’s health and wellbeing is a priority and the ATP has offered a reduced penalty on the provision that he seeks appropriate professional advice, which he has agreed to do," said a statement by the Australian body.

Kyrgios apologised again for his behaviour in Shanghai. "The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer," he said in a statement. "My body finally just gave out in

Shanghai both physically and mentally. This is no excuse, and I know very well that I need to apologise to the fans - in Shanghai and other parts of the world - as well as the tournament organisers in Shanghai who do an amazing job."

Kyrgios said he "regretted how his year was ending. I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP and I will use this time off to improve on and off the court."

The Shanghai outburst was the latest in a long line of incidents involving the Australian. Last year he was given a suspended one-month ban for making comments to Stan Wawrinka about his wife.

If Kyrgios agrees to see a psychologist he could return to the tour on November 7, after the three week ban.

As he would have no more tournaments to play, even the three week ban means that Kyrgios's year is effectively over.

(AFP)
 

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