Controversial Australian, Nick Kyrgios has been banned for eight weeks and fined $25,000 by the ATP for his behaviour during a second round loss to Germany’s Mischa Zverev in last week’s Shanghai Masters.
Kyrgios had already been fined a total of US$ 16,500 for breaches of the ATP Code of Conduct by the on-site Supervisors in Shanghai, but upon further investigations by the ATP, the player has now been found to have committed the major offense- ‘Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game.’
The 21-year-old casually patted the ball over the net several times when serving during the match against Zverev; and at a point, began walking back to his chair before his opponent’s serve had landed.
The suspension will however be reduced to three tournament weeks upon agreement that the player enters a plan of care under the direction of a Sports Psychologist, or an equivalent plan approved by ATP, meaning Kyrgios could regain eligibility to compete on the ATP World Tour or Challenger Tour from November 7, 2016.
Kyrgios apologised in a statement and said he would use the time to “improve on and off the court”.