Nick Kyrgios' season is over after he received a ban and $32,000 fine following his unsportsmanlike behaviour during the Shanghai Masters. Kyrgios has been suspended for eight weeks by the ATP, but could be eligible to return from November 7- if he agrees to professional help.
The world No.14 had a meltdown at the recently completed tournament in China, and had already been fined $22,000, after verbally abusing a spectator.
Kyrgios responded with the following statement on his website-
“Following the ATP’s decision today I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again for the circumstances in Shanghai. 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.”
In a statement, Tennis Australia said it would support the ATP's decision but also added, "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."