Tennis: Nick Kyrgios suggests he will not seek reduced ATP Tour suspension

By Tyson Otto

Troubled tennis star Nick Kyrgios has given the game a bad name over the past 18 months. Photo / Photosport
Troubled tennis star Nick Kyrgios has given the game a bad name over the past 18 months. Photo / Photosport

Even for Nick Kyrgios this was a dumb move.

Two days after he was issued with an eight week ban from the ATP Tour and a AU$32,900 fine, the 21-year-old has put his foot in it again.

Tennis Australia on Tuesday issued a statement to declare Kyrgios had agreed to consult with a sports psychologist in order to reduce his Tour suspension down to three weeks.

"Nick's health and wellbeing is a priority and the ATP has offered a reduced penalty on the provision that he seeks appropriate professional advice, which he has agreed to do," the statement claimed.

"Nick understands the gravity of his actions, has shown remorse and expressed a willingness to improve."

Now he has posted a public message backflipping on that reported agreement.
It also comes after the talented tennis star issued an apparently sincere apology for his tanking performance during his Shanghai Masters loss to German Mischa Zverez.
His latest public message suggests that apology may not have been as sincere as first thought.

Kyrgios on Wednesday morning asked his followers on Twitter to send him questions for a spotfire Q+A - as he has done regularly in the past.

While the enigmatic rising star may simply have been joking with his responses in an attempt to elicit another outburst of scorn from his critics, you can bet the ATP Tour will not be laughing.

When asked by a fan to confirm he will consult with a sports psychologist during his suspension and off-season, Kyrgios replied: "probs not."


It was just one of several comments from Kyrgios during the social media exchange that will raise the eyebrows of Tennis officials.

Here are his selection of responses to the questions from his fans.










His latest comment regarding drug use is certain to upset some members of the tennis community after Kyrgios in August avoided a sanction for pointing out players are allowed to smoke marijuana on the professional tour in a previous Twitter Q+A.

Under the WADA code, marijuana is not prohibited out of competition.

It certainly seems a long time since he issued his apology to fans, claiming he intended to use his ban "to improve on and off the court".

"Following the ATP's decision today I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again for the circumstances in Shanghai," Kyrgios' statement on Monday said.

"The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer. The Asian circuit was particularly tough after the long week and win in Tokyo and with the travel throughout the continent, 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 apologise to the fans - in Shanghai and in other parts of the world - as well as the tournament organisers in Shanghai who do an amazing job.

"I of course know how important the fans are to the success of our sport and I personally love the interaction with fans in the many different cities throughout the world on the tennis circuit. I am someone who gives a huge amount of time to my fans because I love and value their support. Their energy is what motivates me to reach for the top of the game.

"I regret that my year is ending this way and that I will not have a chance to continue chasing the ATP Finals. This was an important goal for me. I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP and I will use this time off to improve on and off the court. I am truly sorry and look forward to returning in 2017."

- news.com.au

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