NEW YORK – Nick Kyrgios, one of the most combustible characters in tennis who was recently fined a six-figure sum over a meltdown in Cincinnati, could be in more trouble for describing the ATP as “corrupt” after his opening match at the US Open.
The Australian, famous for his outbursts on and off the court, managed to keep reasonably calm as he beat American Steve Johnson 6-3 7-6(1) 6-4 in his first round game on Tuesday.
But, in the post-match news conference, the mercurial 24-year-old caused another stir after being asked about the $113 000 fine which followed his second-round defeat by Russia’s Karen Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month.
Kyrgios was asked if the fine – imposed for unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity after arguing with the chair umpire and smashing two rackets – had affected him.
“Not at all. The ATP is pretty corrupt anyway, so I’m not fussed about it at all,” said Kyrgios, who at Wimbledon visited a pub on the eve of his third round defeat by Rafa Nadal. “I got fined 113K for what?