World No. 14 Nick Kyrgios has been suspended for eight tournament weeks by the ATP for his behavior in last week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters. Andy Murray, who is the world’s second-best player, has offered mentorship for the Australian star.
According to the official website of the ATP, Kyrgios was found to have violated the “Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game.” The 21-year-old gave a little effort in his second-round loss against Mischa Zverev while also insulting fans in attendance.
Nick Kyrgios was also fined US$25,000 and his suspension became effective on Monday, October 17 until January 15, 2017. However, the suspension could be reduced to three weeks if he agrees to consult a sports psychiatrist.
The Australian star has released a statement saying that he is very sorry for his conduct at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. He has already agreed to meet with a psychiatrist and he will use his time off to improve on and off the court
“I regret that my year is ending this way. I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP. The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer,” Kyrgios said, via BBC.
“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 apologize to the fans,” he added.
On the other hand, Andy Murray is enthusiastic in mentoring Nick Kyrgios, a player the World No. 2 have always admired. He also thinks that the ATP fining a player does not help but he already reached out to the 21-year-old to offer some advice.
“I chat to him about all sorts of things, tennis and sport, basketball. If he ever wanted to talk to me or ask me anything, I would obviously be open to that. You don’t want to see young guys who are in the spotlight, struggling and making mistakes, doing things that ultimately hurt them,” Murray told The Daily Mail.
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