Pat Rafter recently joined the bandwagon which feels that Nick Kyrgios should be suspended for his latest series of outbursts during the US hardcourt season. Having being fined $167,000 for his meltdown during the Cincinnati Masters, Kyrgios spoke about the fine at the US Open, saying, "The ATP is pretty corrupt anyway."
Speaking about Kyrigos getting fined this, Rafter said, “I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened”. "There is obviously something else going on behind the scenes. I don’t know. On paper it looks like he should be suspended, to me."
Kyrgios has always been a crowd puller at tennis events and that might be a reason for ATP to not suspend the Australian, according to Rafter. "That’s the other thing. He draws a crowd," Rafter said. "But at what stage do you say the crowd is more important? Or are you trying to uphold a certain standard or protocol for players to adhere to."
The highest ranked Australian on the ATP side at No.27, Kyrgios surely has put Tennis Australia in a tight spot as the country prepares to play host to the new ATP Cup in January. Speaking about the matter, Hewitt said, "This is a great event to be a part of.
I think to have any small involvement - whether that is as a captain, commentator, ambassador - whatever it may be. I love getting our great sport and playing the best possible tennis we can at the elite level, here in our country."