Nick Kyrgios forced to be on best behaviour as threat of lengthy ban begins
Nick Kyrgios has accepted his ATP punishment and will now begin his six month’s probation period, it has been confirmed.
The Australian will be handed a 16-week ban from ATP tournaments, as well as a fine of $25,000, should he produce a repeat of his recent behaviour at the Cincinnati Masters during his probation.
Kyrgios was fined an initial $113,000 in August after committing eight separate offences in Cincinnati, including verbally abusing the umpire and appearing to spit in his direction.
However, during further deliberations, the ATP opted to give his a suspended ban on top.
Kyrgios has declined to challenge that decision, so must now tow the ATP line for the next six months if he wants to avoid a ban.
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That should be considerably easier given a shoulder injury has possibly ended his season, essentially halving his probation period.
It is also worth noting that, should he be banned, Kyrgios will still be able to play in the Australian Open as it only applies to ATP events and Grand Slams are essentially independent tournaments.
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