26 June 2018

Nick Kyrgios slapped with $23k fine after he imitates lewd act with water bottle

| Lachlan Roberts
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Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Supplied by Tennis Australia

Nick Kyrgios. Photo: Supplied by Tennis Australia.

Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with a fine after TV cameras caught him imitating a lewd act with his water bottle during his semi-final loss at the Queen’s Club Championships over the weekend.

The Canberran, who is no stranger to controversy, was caught on camera performing an imitation of a lewd act during the change of ends in his 7-6, 7-6 loss to Marin Cilic.

ATP Tour officials handed the 23-year-old a €15,000 (around AUD $23,590) fine for the “inappropriate behaviour”. To put his fine into perspective, the $23k fine will come out of his $165,531 pay cheque for reaching the semi-final.

Kyrgios’ semi-final run at the Wimbledon lead-up tournament was littered with on-court antics, with the broadcasters repeatedly apologising for his behaviour and bad language.

During his quarter-final win over Brit Kyle Edmund, the BBC was forced to apologise to viewers after Kyrgios’ repeated expletives were caught by courtside microphones.

The Canberra local was questioned about his colourful language, with the 23-year-old showing little regard for his behaviour, saying he “didn’t care”, the ABC reported.

When a reporter pressed him further, the Australian number one had this to say: “Do you swear? No, do you swear? Yes or no? Yes or no? Do you swear? Do you swear? Okay, great. Good question.”

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Lachlan Roberts3:44 pm 27 Jun 18

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said on Melbourne radio today that he thinks Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour has improved despite his latest indiscretion. Tiley says these sorts of episodes are becoming less frequent, and the work Kyrgios is doing off the court should be commended. Do you agree?

Capital Retro11:16 am 28 Jun 18

If that statement by the CEO of Tennis Australia is correct then Tennis Australia’s standards have deteriorated.

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