LONDON – Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has been fined a total of $17 500 (about R251 000) for unsportsmanlike conduct by the ATP after a series of outbursts at officials at the Queen’s Club championships on Thursday.
The 23-year-old became embroiled in an expletive-laden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy in his first-round win against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, 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, which he lost in three sets, Kyrgios was given another warning by umpire James Keothavong for smashing a ball out of the ground after a call went against him.
Kyrgios, who is never far from controversy wherever he plays, also rowed with fans and a courtside photographer and appeared to be going through the motions in the final games.
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.