The ATP have handed Nick Kyrgios an eight week ban from tennis and an additional $25,000 fine for his behaviour – including “lack of best efforts” – during his Shanghai Masters defeat last week. He had already been fined $16,500 for patting the ball over the net several times when serving and walking back to his chair before a serve from Mischa Zverev had landed. He was also fined for abusing a spectator and unsportsmanlike conduct. Nick Kyrgios’ suspension will be reduced to three tournament weeks upon agreement that the player enters a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist
“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.
“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.”