TENNIS bad-boy Nick Kyrgios has been fined a massive £93,000 after pretending to be court short so he could smash up two rackets during his Cincinatti Masters defeat.
The steaming Aussie also verbally abused umpire Fergus Murphy and cooled him a “tool” as Kyrgios lost 6-7 7-6 6-2 to Karen Khachanov in round two.
The slash-point came when Kyrgios defied Murphy by walking off into a corridor after losing a second-set tie-break to crush the rackets.
Russian Khachanov later called the world No 27 a “great talent” but “sometimes the head is not in the right place”.
Kyrgios faced charges of unsportsmanlike conduct, one of verbal abuse, an audible obscenity and one for leaving the court unauthorised.
And the ATP is also weighing up extra fines or even a suspension.
Kyrgios’ outbursts in Cincinatti are just the latest example of issues he seems to have with Murphy.
He swore at the Irishman during the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s tournament in June.
‘THE WORST, HANDS DOWN’
Murphy was again on the receiving end two weeks ago when Kyrgius went onto win the Washington Open, his sixth ATP title.
This time, the main flare-ups began in the second set.
Kyrgios became increasingly agitated as he appeared to think a clock counting down the time between points was starting too early.
Expletives followed as He ranted at Murphy, later calling him “the worst, hands down”.
Kyrgios then took it further by making the definition of a “toilet break” far more literal
The 24-year-old gave a little hint of what was to come by carrying two rackets as he strode off the court and down the tunnel.
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Then immediately after Kyrgios went through a double door, security staff were seen turning around in shock from a huge clangin noise on the corridor floor as the controversial ace thumped his rackets onto the corridor floor.
Kyrgios himself then turned back and out onto the court – without using the toilets.
But he was a busted fliush after that – as Khachanov walked away with the third set and victory.