Nick Kyrgios on his Cincinnati fine: The ATP is pretty corrupt anyway

An unimpressed Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has probably landed himself in hot water with tennis’ governing body again after he called the ATP “pretty corrupt”.

The Australian’s comments came in the wake of his $113,000 (about £93,000) fine for his outburst against the chair umpire at the Cincinnati Masters.

“The worst f***ing ref ever, the worst ref in the game,” he told Fergus Murphy. “The worst, hands down. Every time I play he’s doing some stupid sh*t, every time.”

Kyrgios was asked about the fine after he dismissed American Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in the first round of the US Open and he didn’t hold back.

“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?”

His latest comments could land him in more trouble as the ATP warned after the Cincinnati incident that he could face additional punishment.

An ATP statement read: “In addition to the on-site fines, the ATP is looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match to see if additional action is warranted.

“That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension.”

Kyrgios, though, was not backing down during his post-match press conference at Flushing Meadows.

“Have you ever sworn at someone before?” he asked a journalist, who replied “…you’re not an elite athlete.”

Kyrgios, who will face Frenchman Antoine Hoang in the second round in New York, then countered: “No, I’m just saying people get frustrated. It happens.”

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