Nick Kyrgios does not win to pay fines in his checkered career. Well, actually yes, because the Australian accumulates more than nine and a half million dollars in earnings. Now he will have to part with a good amount to face the sanction imposed by the ATP for throwing the racket and almost hitting a ball boy and for “obscenity” at the end of and during his match against Rafa Nadal in Indian Wells: 20,000 for the first offense and 5,000 for the second, 25,000 in totalmore than 22,754 euros.
The ATP does not sanction him without competing. In fact, he is in the second round of Miami, where this Friday he responded with one of the best performances of his career, beating the Russian Andrey Rublevfifth seed and semi-finalist a week ago at the BNP Paribas Open, whom he beat by 6-3 and 6-0 in 52 minutes. The Italian Fognini awaits him. The fine is the same amount as that received by Alexander Zverev for repeatedly hitting the referee’s chair in a doubles match he played with the Brazilian Melo in Acapulco.
Nadal has already given his opinion on that event starring the wayward Aussie: “I haven’t seen it, but if what Nick has done is bad, the ATP must make decisions to prevent it and stop it.” Kyrgios defended himself in his own way: “What do you want me to say about it? That I meant to hit him? No. Did I throw the racket near him? It landed a meter from my foot, bounced and almost hit him. I’m human and things sometimes happen like this. It was a very unlucky bounce and I think if I had done it a million times I wouldn’t have hit it either. What else do you want me to say? She was three meters from the child.”