Women’s Tennis Tour Calls for Further Sanctions Against KyrgiosDanielle Rossingh
The women’s WTA tennis tour called on the men’s ATP World Tour to impose further sanctions against Nick Kyrgios for his “crude and unacceptable” comments during a match in Canada this week.
The 41st-ranked Kyrgios was fined $12,500 by the ATP on Thursday for two incidents during a match the day before against two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Kyrgios, a 20-year-old Australian, was heard on camera making lewd comments about Wawrinka’s girlfriend -- widely reported to be Donna Vekic of Croatia, who is ranked 127th on the WTA tour -- and Australian men’s player Thanasi Kokkinakis.
“The statement made by Nick Kyrgios is crude and unacceptable,” WTA Chief Executive Stacey Allaster said in an e-mail. “I commend the ATP on assessing the on-site maximum fine and urge there to be further sanctions in accordance with their process.”
Under ATP rules, 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kyrgios may face a suspension of up to three years and could be fined as much as $100,000 if found guilty of “aggravated behavior” or “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game.”
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