The ATP hit Nick Kyrgios with a $10,000 fine and left the door open for even more action after the Australian’s insulting remarks yesterday to Stan Wawrinka and his alleged girlfriend Donna Vekic last night in Montreal.
In a statement, the ATP said, “Nick Kyrgios has been fined the maximum on site amount of $10,000 for an insulting comment he made to Stan Wawrinka during their second round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada. The ATP also said that it is still reviewing the matter and additional penalties may be forthcoming.”
ATP rules allow for a maximum of $10,000 for verbal abuse.
“i) Players shall not at any time directly or indirectly verbally abuse an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or any other person within the precincts of the tournament site. Verbal abuse is defined as any statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or any other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.
ii) Violation of this section shall subject a player to a fine up to $10,000 for each violation. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tournament, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this section shall also constitute the player Major Offense of Aggravated Behavior.”
If the ATP rules it as a Major Offense of Aggravated Behavior, Kyrgios could face a $25,000 fine and a minimum 21-day suspension.
Kyrgios issued an apology later on Facebook.The 20-year-old is scheduled to play later this afternoon against American No. 1 John Isner. By reaching the round of 16 this week, Kyrgios has earned $44.650.
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