Nick Kyrgios pays the price for on-court outbursts at Queen’s
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has paid the price for his recent on-court outbursts at this year’s Queen’s Club Championship.
The 23-year-old has been fined a total of $17,500 (£14,000) for unsportsmanlike conduct by the ATP for his behaviour which saw him not only insult officials but also row with fans and a court-side photographer.
In his first-round win against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, Kyrgios had a rant at umpire Fergus Murphy, at one point accusing a line judge of “rigging” his match.
In his second round match later in the day against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, he was given another warning by umpire James Keothavong for smashing a ball out of the ground in frustration.
He was fine a total of $7,500 for his conduct in the first match and then another $10,000 for his behaviour in the second, which he lost in three sets and consequently prompted his exit from the competition.
News of the fine will not go down well with Kyrgios, who was already anticipating the punishment and lamenting the injustice of it.
— tennis news chan 1 (@tennisnewschan1) 21 June 2019
In his post-match press conference, an unapologetic Nick Kyrgios said: “I just don’t think, at this level of sport, that we should have line judges and umpires that aren’t making the right decisions.
“And I know what happens. Nothing happens. They get a little slap on the wrist. I had a conversation with them in Miami after I got fined again for their mistake.
“You know, they don’t get any warning or fine or anything for their mistakes. So what’s the difference?
“For me doing a code violation, why can’t they get fined for having a terrible day in the chair?
“Like, there’s hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. It’s not a joke.
“They just think it’s a joke because nothing happens to them after the match. They don’t get any investigation or anything.
“I think it’s ridiculous. Like, why not have another umpire ready to come in if that guy’s having a terrible day? I don’t understand.
“I have to pay the fines for it. The calls are horrendous, but I get fined and he gets nothing. It’s like a black star. I don’t know what happens. It’s rubbish.”
More from Tennis365:
Andrey Rublev set for vaccine U-turn after officials confirm players need to be vaccinated for Australian Open
“I’ll get vaccinated,” says Andrey Rublev.
Cameron Norrie reveals his parents were walking the dogs during Indian Wells final, but ‘were in tears’ after win
Cameron Norrie on his nervous parents and reaping the benefits.
‘It’s a matter of experience,’ says Aryna Sabalenka after nerves got the better of her at Wimbledon and US Open
“No psychologist will prepare me for these situations.”
Emma Raducanu’s former coach highlights her strengths and explains why she will ‘go through a lot coaches’
Mark Petchey on the Emma Raducanu coaching situation and more.
‘That was rare,’ says Andy Murray as he reveals in-depth chat with Frances Tiafoe after Antwerp epic
A day that will live long in the memory of Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic warned ‘it doesn’t matter if you are No 1 you need to be vaccinated’ to compete in Australian Open
Novak Djokovic and co need to be vaccinated to compete in Australian Open.
How did he do that? Epic Andy Murray performance as he saves matches points to win
Of all the performances Andy Murray has served up since his hip surgery in 2019, this may have been his most epic.
Emma Raducanu announces new sponsorship deal as she reveals how decision to become brand ambassador was influenced
Dior the latest to link up with Emma Raducanu.
The famous Wimbledon queues will return in 2022 as All England Club reveals changes to the schedule
Covid restrictions meant all tickets for the 2021 tournament were sold online.
Novak Djokovic gives update on his 2021 schedule as he also reveals when he will return to training
Novak Djokovic gives update on 2021 schedule.