Nick Kyrgios leaves US Open with fines of more than $30,000 after quarter-final eruption
Nick Kyrgios racked up another fine in his last US Open match as he was docked US$14,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for his actions after losing to Karen Khachanov.
The Wimbledon finalist smashed two of his rackets in frustration after his five-set defeat to the world number 31, bringing his US Open fine total to US$32,500 for five offences including spitting, swearing and racket smashing.
That makes Kyrgios the most fined player at this year’s tournament, though that pales in comparison to the US$473,200 he accumulated across singles and doubles by reaching the quarter-finals and last 16 respectively in those events.
More so than the financial penalties levelled against him, Kyrgios was ‘devastated’ by his loss to Khachanov as his target is now set at winning Slams.
“I’m just devastated obviously,” he said after the loss. “Just feel like it was either winning it all or nothing at all, to be honest. I feel like I’ve just failed at this event right now. That’s what it feels like.”
Kyrgios can take positives from the campaign, his first to the quarter-finals in New York, as well as the fact he will return to the ATP top 20 for the first time since 2018 next week.
However, after a gruelling season for the homesick Australian, there is no knowing how much more tennis Kyrgios will play before heading back Down Under in anticipation of the 2023 Australian Open.
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