Kyrgios openly lashed out at Nadal and Djokovic (Part 2)
In the interview, Kyrgios also “by the way” spoke ill of Fernando Verdasco. He called the Spanish player the “arrogant man” that he had ever seen.
Nadal, Djokovic and Verdasco are all present at the quarter-finals of Rome Masters – the tournament that is taking place this week. Kyrgios has a scandalous tournament. He was eliminated in the second round against Casper Ruud, in a match where the Australian player threw a chair in the middle of the field and dropped it on his own.
Before being defeated yesterday according to the rules of the tournament, Kyrgios had a poor victory against Daniil Medvedev. He repeatedly taunted the opponent with serves under the shoulders, or turned his butt into Medvedev when he was no longer able to respond to the ball.
Nick Kyrgios receives a heavy penalty from ATP
After an additional investigation, the Tennis Professional Association (ATP) came to the conclusion that Nick Kyrgios had violated its code of conduct, with many inappropriate behaviors in the past 12 months. ATP fined Australian player $ 25,000 and banned for 16 weeks. Both a fine and a ban are suspended, triggered if Kyrgios recurs in the next six months. Kyrgios will have five days to appeal.
Among the inappropriate behaviors of Kyrgios in 2019, the highlight was the throw-away phase and gave up midway at the Rome Open in May. After decrying and not attending Roland Garros, Kyrgios caused a mess in the field season. and fined $ 17,500 for unsportsmanlike actions at Queen’s Club.
In the North American hard court season in July and August, the Australian player repeatedly criticized the referee in the matches he attended, from the Citi Open to the Cincinnati Masters. In Cincinnati, Kyrgios asked to go to the bathroom, but actually to smash two racquets and back to the field. In most matches, “Australian equine horses” play with attitude that is considered disrespectful to the opponent.
Outside the field, the 24-year-old also taunted his colleagues with criticism. The players who are most criticized by Kyrgios are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Fernando Verdasco. Late last month, Kyrgios also commented that ATP was a corrupt organization.