London - Wayward
tennis star Nick Kyrgios will seek psychological help to avoid an eight
week ban ordered by the ATP for a tantrum at the Shanghai Masters,
Tennis Australia said on Monday.
The ATP ordered a $25 000 fine and said a three week
ban would be increased to eight weeks if the 21-year-old Kyrgios did not
seek help for his temper.
The world No 14 gave away points and swore and argued with fans
before being booed off court after his 6-3, 6-1 defeat by Mischa Zverev
in his second round match last week.
Tennis Australia said in a statement that it would support Kyrgios.
"Nick’s health and wellbeing is a priority and the ATP has offered a
reduced penalty on the provision that he seeks appropriate professional
advice, which he has agreed to do," said a statement by the Australian
Kyrgios apologised again for his behaviour in Shanghai.
"The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and
other challenges towards the end of the summer," he said in a statement.
"My body finally just gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally.
"This is no excuse, and I know very well that I need to apologise to
the fans - in Shanghai and other parts of the world - as well as the
tournament organisers in Shanghai who do an amazing job."
Kyrgios said he "regretted how his year was ending."
"I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP and I will use this time off to improve on and off the court."
The $25 000 ATP fine will be added to a $16 500 penalty ordered last week.
The Shanghai outburst was the latest in a long line of incidents
involving the Australian. Last year he was given a suspended one-month
ban for making comments to Stan Wawrinka about his wife.
"Nick's conduct in Shanghai was unacceptable, disrespectful to the
sport and its fans," said ATP executive chairperson Chris Kermode.
"We take these matters very seriously and he has since apologised for his actions.
"Nick is a phenomenal talent and our hope is that he uses this time
away from the tour constructively and, with some support, is able to
return to competition with an improved mindset and stronger than ever
The ATP said that after an investigation into the Australian's second
round match in Shanghai, Kyrgios had been found guilty of conduct
contrary to the integrity of the game.
This meant an additional fine and an immediate eight week suspension.
"However, the suspension will be reduced to three tournament weeks
upon agreement that the player enters a plan of care under the direction
of a sports psychologist, or an equivalent plan approved by ATP."
If Kyrgios agrees to see a psychologist he could return to the tour on November 7, after the three week ban.
As he would have no more tournaments to play, even the three week ban means that Kyrgios' year is effectively over.
"We have spoken to his management and Nick has agreed to seek the
help of a sports psychologist and will now be available to play in the
Hopman Cup in early January," a Tennis Australia spokesperson told AFP.