Former world No. 1 Boris Becker says Nick Kyrgios has deserved to get a fine for his Cincinnati Masters second round antics but nothing more than that as suspending the Australian would be a bit too much. The 24-year-old was handed a $113,000 fine for his outburst and controversial behavior shown on the court in a 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 6-2 loss suffered to eighth-seeded Karen Khachanov on Wednesday night in Cincinnati.
Kyrgios argued with chair umpire Fergus Murphy for the majority of the match as the Australian accused Murphy of starting the shot clock earlier when he was serving and even mentioned Rafael Nadal, claiming the Spaniard gets a different treatment.
Also, Kyrgios broke two rackets in a tunnel after calling for a toilet break, smashed a bottle, disrespected Murphy by calling him a "potato" and a "f***ing tool," appearing to spit towards the chair umpire after the match and not shaking hands with him.
"My 5 cents on Nick Kyrgios: He was fined $113k last night deservingly for his unsportsmanlike behaviour on/off the court! (Some of us have been there) but suspension would be unjustified and way to harsh! Most of us rooting for him to mature and become (the) leader of the pack (sans Nole/Rafa)," Becker tweeted.
"Absolutely agree that spitting, foul language and tanking should be punished hard but we have dilemma since we want strong personalities lead the sport( Roger/Rafa/Nole)! Nick Kyrgios has the game, charisma and guts but not yet the clarity of thought/maybe never ....it’s a shame."