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Nick Kyrgios faces a suspension from tennis after labelling the ATP

Nick Kyrgios set to be banned as ATP open investigation into his claims they are ‘pretty corrupt’ over decision to fine him £92,000 for calling an umpire ‘a f***ing tool’

  • An investigation has been launched by the ATP into Nick Kyrgios’s comments 
  • Kyrgios had said ‘the ATP is pretty corrupt anyway’ after his first-round win  
  • The Australian is likely to face suspension after the US Open finishes 
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Nick Kyrgios faces a suspension from tennis after labelling the ATP ‘corrupt’.

Kyrgios made the comments after his first-round US Open win over American Steve Johnson.

An investigation into his remarks has now been launched and he faces suspension. 

Nick Kyrgios faces a suspension from tennis after labelling the ATP 'corrupt'

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Nick Kyrgios faces a suspension from tennis after labelling the ATP ‘corrupt’ 

He was asked in a press conference what he thought about being fined a record $113,000 for his outburst following his second-round defeat by Karen Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month.

Kyrgios was asked if the fine – given to him for unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse, ball abuse and audible obscenity after arguing with the chair umpire and smashing two rackets – had affected him. 

‘The ATP is pretty corrupt anyway. I’m not fussed about it at all,’ he said.

‘I was fined $113K for what? Why are we talking about something that happened three weeks ago when I just chopped up someone first round of a US Open?’ 

Kyrgios isn't likely to face any action by the body until the conclusion of the US Open

Kyrgios isn't likely to face any action by the body until the conclusion of the US Open

Kyrgios isn’t likely to face any action by the body until the conclusion of the US Open 

KYRGIOS STATEMENT IN FULL 

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‘I would like to go on record to clarify my comment around the ATP being corrupt, it was not the correct choice of words and my point and intention was to address what I see as double standards rather than corruption.

‘I know my behaviour at times has been controversial and that has landed me in trouble, which at times is granted and valid but my issue is around others whether gaining the same, less or more media attention doing the same or similar behaviour and being sanctioned.

‘That’s my issue and it continues to be. To be clear I know I’m not perfect and do not pretend to be and I acknowledge I’ve deserved fines and sanctioning at times but I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board, to date that’s not happened.

‘I’ve had huge support from Chris Kermode and have given it in return, so I want to clarify my comments but stand by my beliefs and sentiment around double standards.’ 

The Australian has since said he was highlighting what he saw as ‘double standards’ and a lack of consistency in how sanctions are handed out.

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‘I would like to go on record to clarify my comment around the ATP being corrupt, it was not the correct choice of words and my point and intention was to address what I see as double standards rather than corruption’, he wrote.

‘I know my behaviour at times has been controversial and that has landed me in trouble, which at times is granted and valid but my issue is around others whether gaining the same, less or more media attention doing the same or similar behaviour and being sanctioned.

‘That’s my issue and it continues to be. To be clear I know I’m not perfect and do not pretend to be and I acknowledge I’ve deserved fines and sanctioning at times but I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board, to date that’s not happened.’