The ATP has handed out a suspension and a fine to Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios for “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game.”
Kyrgios was punished for his behavior during a second-round loss to German qualifier Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.
He was suspended for 8 weeks and handed a $25,000 fine. He was also fined $16,500 for failing to give a full effort, unsportsmanlike conduct and verbal abuse of a spectator.
The ATP however added that they would reduce the length of the ban if agrees to enter “a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist or an equivalent plan approved by the ATP.”
The 21-year old star has already apologized for the incident, but didn’t indicate if he’d be accepting the ATP’s offer.
“I regret that my year is ending this way and that I will not have a chance to continue chasing the ATP finals,” Kyrgios said. “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.”
This latest incident is the latest in a strings of run-ins with opponents, officials, retired players and fans for Kyrgios.