Nick Kyrgios has hit back at former world No. 1 Pat Rafter for suggesting he should be banned by the ATP Tour, claiming his compatriot loves hanging fellow Aussies out to dry.
Kyrgios is facing action from the governing body of mens tennis after a series of misdemeanours this summer.
He was already fined $113,000 (roughly £93,000) for a meltdown at the Cincinnati Masters, which saw him call umpire Fergus Murphy a f***ing tool, smash two racquets and appear to spit in the chair umpires direction, and then branded the ATP pretty corrupt when asked about the fine at the US Open.
While he later backtracked on those comments, Kyrgios is subject of an investigation.
The 24-year-old will take part in the Laver Cup this weekend despite the threat of a ban looming over his head and Rafter – a two-time US Open champion – expressed his surprise that action had not already been taken against the world No. 27.
I dont understand why it hasnt happened, the former Wimbledon finalist said when asked if Kyrgios should be suspended.
There is obviously something else going on behind the scenes. I dont know. On paper it looks like he should be suspended, to me.
Kyrgios – love him or loathe him – is one of the biggest draws in mens tennis but Rafter expressed his belief that the integrity of the sport is more important than any players profile.
Thats the other thing. He draws a crowd, Rafter added.
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.
Kyrgios didnt take too kindly to Rafters intervention and claimed he was trying to stay relevant.
In response to an article containing Rafters comments, he tweeted: Probably because everywhere I play the stadiums are sold out, and the event makes money with me around?
Probably because everywhere I play the stadiums are sold out, and the event makes money with me around? Not surprised rafter has commented on this topic, guy loves hanging fellow aussies out to dry. Enjoy staying relevant champ
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@Read More – Source