Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has realized that he has made a mistake by accusing the ATP of being corrupt. Following a first round win at the US Open, the Australian made a huge accusation against the ATP as he remains unhappy with a $113,000 fine he recently received for his antics at the Cincinnati Masters.
A couple of hours later, the ATP provided a statement revealing that they are investigating the comments made by Kyrgios. "Comments made by Nick Kyrgios... will be assessed under the Player Major Offense provision under ATP Rules.
A determination will be made by Gayle David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, following an investigation as required by ATP rules," the ATP said in its statement, as revealed by George Bellshaw of Metro UK.
Kyrgios admits he went too far with his comments at the US Open but he remains convicted that he is a victim of double standards in tennis. "I would like to go on record to clarify my coment around the ATP being corrupt, it was not the correct choice of words and my point and intention was to address what I see as double standards rather than corruption," Kyrgios said in a statement.
"I know my behaviour at times has been controversial and that has landed me in trouble, which at times is granted and valid but my issue is around others whether gaining the same, less or more media attention doing the same or similar behaviour and not being sanctioned.
"That’s my issue and it continues to be. To be clear I know I’m not perfect and do not pretend to be and acknowledge I’ve deserved fines and sanctioning at times but I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board, to date that’s not happened.
"I’ve had huge support from Chris Kermode [the ATP president] and have given it in return, so I want to clarify my comments but stand by my beliefs and sentiment around double standards."