Following his lack of effort at the Shanghai Masters, tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been banned by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour for eight weeks, CNN reported Monday. The ATP found that 21-year-old athlete committed the offense of "Conduct Contrary to the Integrity of the Game."
Along with a $16,500 fine for swearing, the Australian was fined an additional $25,000. "I know very well that I need to apologize to the fans -- in Shanghai and in other parts of the world -- as well as the tournament organizers in Shanghai who do an amazing job," Kyrgios said in the statement on his official site.
Kyrgios has agreed to see a sports psychologist and upon completion, his suspension will be reduced to three weeks. "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," Kygrios' statement read.
This is not the first time Kyrgios has stirred up media attention for his bad habits. Below are five times the tennis player has behaved badly.
1. Commenting on Stan Wawrinka’s relationship with Donna Vekic.
In a conversation that was picked up by a courtside microphone during the 2015 Cincinnati Masters, Kyrgios was overheard telling tennis star Stan Wawrinka that his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis slept with his girlfriend. "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate,” he said at the time. In that instance, Kyrgios was given a one-month suspension.
2. Wimbledon 2015
During Wimbledon 2015, Kyrgios allegedly called an official “dirty scum” but was able to escape punishment and possible fines by saying he was referring to himself. "I wasn't referring to the ref at all there. Yeah, it was towards myself. Obviously I knew you guys were going to ask me about that," he said. However, he went on to tell the media that it bothers him when officials don’t make the right calls. "It shouldn't be something that can be taken lightly. You've got to make the right call there. It wouldn't bother me one bit if they fine me," he said.
3. Sulking after realizing he was losing.
During a match with Richard Gasquet, also at Wimbledon 2015, due to technical faults and his failed attempts to challenge officials’ calls, Kyrgios began to apply little effort towards the game which caused the crowd to boo him. At times, he wouldn’t even attempt to hit the ball when Gasquet served it and often banged his head when his missed dropped shots.
4. Blaming Drake for his poor performance.
Kyrgios lost his first set after walking onto the court listening to a Drake song before a Wimbledon 2014 match. "I came out really flat, so hopefully I won’t listen to that again. It was actually Drake. Didn’t do the job for me," Kygrios said. The rapper was offended by the comment and said he wanted to meet the athlete and "chop him right down."
5. Yelling at a ball boy
The Aussie was issued a code violation after yelling at a young ball boy during this past French Open in May. Kyrgios asked for a towel and when the boy was slow to react, he said “towel” louder. Umpire Carlos Ramos then issued a code violation which upset the athlete. “How can you sit there and give me a code for that?” Kyrgios went on to say that the penalty was “bull----,” he told Ramos.