New York (AP) – The ATP tennis tour is considering punishing Nick Kyrgios for "major crime" after calling the organization "corrupt" for fining him more than $ 100,000 for his behavior during a game last month. .
A spokesman for the tour issued a statement Wednesday saying that Gail Bradshaw, ATP's executive vice president of rules and competition, will determine what to do with Kyrgios' comments at the US Open.
The 2019 ATP rule says "a major crime" can be fined up to one year's worth of tournament money earned and suspended.
Speaking to a small group of reporters after his direct victory over Steve Johnson in the first round of Flushing Meadows ended after 1
"Not at all. ATP is pretty corrupt anyway, so I'm not worried about it at all, "said Kyrgios.
This is the latest in a long list of clashes with tennis authorities for the 24-year-old Australian, who is 28 US Open (19659002) He was a defaulter from the Italian Open in May after throwing a chair during a match and was suspended by ATP in 2016 for failing to win and insult fans during Shanghai Masters.
At the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati this month, Kyrgios insulted a judge's chair and left the court to smash two rackets during a loss The second day, ATP indicated a breakdown of eight fines, ranging from $ 3,000 to $ 20,000 each, for offenses such as unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and obscenity, with a total penalty of $ 113,000.
On Wednesday, following the follow-up to a question about his "corrupt" comment, Kyrgios replied, "Why are we talking about something that happened three weeks ago when I just cut someone (in) the first round of the US Open?"
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