As world No. 19 Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the third round of the French Open, suffering a tough straight set loss to ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet, he was almost slapped with the tournament’s biggest fine in history.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t Kyrgios’ first fine he’s received in the past calendar year. Here’s a list of fines the 21-year-old Australian has received since June 2015.
1. Wimbledon 2015. $9,500
Ah, my favorite moment in Kyrgios history; his infamous tank against Gasquet in the fourth round of Wimbledon. But surprisingly enough, this ludcaris moment was not why Kyrgios was fined.
The Australian No. 1 was given a £4,800 fine for unsportsmanlike behavior such as sarcasticaly applauding the umpire and smashing his racquet. He also received an additional £1,290 for audible obscenity.
Somehow, Gasquet’s racquet smash (fined £1,900) was judged to be more harsh than Kyrgios tanking an entire game for no reason. If Kyrgios had been fined for tanking (which he should’ve been) he would’ve racked up $20,000 for the offense.
2. Rogers Cup 2015. $10,000
Only a month later and Kyrgios was back at it again, this time upping the level of his bratiness to personally offend his opponent, Stan Wawrinka.
After narrowly dropping the first set in a tiebreak, Kyrgios decided to mount a massive sledge against his ailing opponent.
Wawrinka ended up retiring from the match down 0-4 and it seemed he hadn’t heard Kyrgios’ remark, as their exchange at the net was oddly cordial. However, Wawrinka took to Twitter later that evening to comment on the events, which spurred an originally unapologetic Kyrgios to apologize.
Kyrgios was given a $10,000 fine, which is the maximum amount for incidents of verbal abuse or unsportmanlike conduct. He also received an additional $2,500 fine for unsportslike conduct based on a comment he made during a ball person during the match.
3. Shanghai Masters 2015. $1,500
In Kyrgios’ second last tournament of 2015, the Australian didn’t hesitate to make an abolsute scene.
Kyrgios made the ultimate ironic comment, calling the tournament in China “circus” and describing conditions as “crazy” (a cameraman was ejected for repeatedly talking during points.)
The Canberra native also complained about the ball kids (what’s his deal with ball kids!?) and the “f****** surface” during his first round win over Andreas Haider-Maurer. His foul-mouthed outbursts awarded him a $1,500 fine.
Luckily, Kyrgios escaped additional fines during his match second round match against Kei Nishikori, where he received his third code violation for nearly hitting a line judge when he slapped the ball away during frustration over his serve.
4. Australian Open 2016. $3,000
After taking nearly a three month break from the tour, Kyrgios came back with a bang (literally) at the Australian Open. In front of his home crowd, Kyrgios didn’t shy away from swearing multiple times in his first round victory against Pablo Correno Busta. This display of f-bombs earned Kyrgios a $3,000 fine, which is the second biggest fine in Australian Open history.
Kyrgios avoided a possible fine for taking a phone call during his mixed doubles match with girlfriend Alja Tomljanovic because the call came prior to actual play.
5. French Open 2016. $6, 200
Although Kyrgios avoided fines for his outburst in Indian Wells (where chair umpire Dulbonois basically begged him to stop swearing) he continued his trend of copping fines at Grand Slams.
Kyrgios was slapped with a $6,200 fine for audible obscenity (this is his personal favorite evidently) during his Grand Slam rematch with Gasquet. Although he avoided tanking away an entire game, Kyrgios didn’t shy away from yelling at his box all the time because they weren’t supporting him.
The f-word comes as naturally to Kyrgios as breathing air does, and he didn’t hesitate to spew off multitudes of them during the straight set thrashing.
During his press conference following his loss to Gasquet, the Australian noted he won’t be playing a tournament until Wimbledon. It’s apparent that Kyrgios is never going to stop swearing and being disrepectful despite all the fines. The fines are simply too low and Kyrgios’ earnings are too high to be even slightly affected. For instance, $6,200 seems like a huge fine to me because 99 percent of the time my bank account is looking like $6.20, but when he made $158,000 for three rounds of play, that’s pennies.
I’m not quite sure how Kyrgios escaped the suspended 28-day ban following his incident with Wawrinka, but the ATP needs to sanction him again if they ever wish to make a dent in his terrible behavior.