ATP issues Nick Kyrgios massive fine for Miami meltdown



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ATP issues Nick Kyrgios massive fine for Miami meltdown

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was handed a hefty fine by the ATP Tour for four separate offences committed during his Miami Masters round-of-16 match against Jannik Sinner. Kyrgios, who was getting into it with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes for the good part of the match, was fined a total of $35,000.

Kyrgios was fined $20,000 for a verbal abuse offence, $5,000 for audible obscenity and received fines of $5,000 for two unsportsmanlike conducts.

It wasn't a great day for Kyrgios at the office as Jannik Sinner beat the Australian 7-6 (3) 6-3.

The key moments of the match were Kyrgios receiving a point penalty that gave Sinner a 6-3 lead in the tie-break and Kyrgios being hit by a game penalty after losing the first set.

Kyrgios didn't think he deserved a point penalty

After Sinner took a 5-3 lead in the tie-break, Kyrgios told one of his friends he could do a good job as a chair umpire.

Bernardes wasn't happy by that remark and hit Kyrgios with a point penalty. "I mean, look, I just don't think he controls the crowd well at all, in my personal opinion," Kyrgios said. "People can have their opinions on it.

I just don't think my point penalty was worth a point penalty. "Literally, all I said to my team was I thought that Matthew Reid, an ex-tennis player, could do just as good a job in the umpire's chair. If that's worth a point penalty at 5-3 in the first-set tiebreak in the fourth round of Miami at a Masters event for hundreds of thousands of dollars, then that's for you to decide.

But I think it's ridiculous, in my opinion." Kyrgios was told during his press conference that Bernardes was considered as a good umpire. "I don't know. But like I'm just saying like I don't think like when everyone in that crowd is booing an umpire, and he's becoming the center of attention, that's not his job. Because no one in that entire stadium bought a ticket to see him talk or play or do what he does," Kyrgios said.