Dispute with referee, Kyrgios fined IDR 502 million

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, Thursday (31/3), was fined by the ATP for US $ 35,000 (approximately Rp. 502 million) after he had an argument with referee Carlos Bernardes during his loss in the Miami Open match, Tuesday (29/3).

Kyrgios fell out with the Brazilian referee when he lost to Italy’s Jannik Sinner in the last 16. He called the referee’s performance outrageous and embarrassing.

The ATP has charged the 26-year-old with two counts of unsportsmanship, each of which includes a fine of $10,000, one count of verbal assault which carries a fine of $20,000 and foul language offenses that includes a fine of $5,000.

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Kyrgios, who was also fined $25,000 for breaking his racket and swearing at the Indian Wells Masters earlier this month, said he had made peace with himself ahead of the Miami Open.

The incident started when Kyrgios got angry because the walkie talkie that Bernardes brought was ringing in the first set of the match. The two then clashed which resulted in Kyrgios being given a point in the tiebreaker and then a game in the second set.

Kyrgios complained that the ATP would not take action regarding Bernardes.

« ATP doesn’t want to do anything to him. He will be back in charge of another tournament and everyone will forget how bad he was, » Kyrgios lamented. (AFP/OL-1)