Nick Kyrgios AVOIDS a ban for his meltdown at the Miami Open after calling the umpire ‘a clown’


Nick Kyrgios AVOIDS a ban for his meltdown at the Miami Open where he called the umpire an ‘absolute clown’ with the controversial Australian given a fine of just £26,500 after losing in straight sets to Jannik Sinner

  • Nick Krygios ranted at an umpire during outburst at the Miami Open this week 
  • But he will not face a ban from tennis despite calling the official ‘a clown’ 
  • Instead he has been given four fines totalling just £26,500 for his tirade 

Nick Kyrgios has escaped a ban and been handed little more than a speeding ticket after his latest outbursts at the Miami Open.

The controversial Australian was given four fines for his sustained tirade at umpire Carlos Bernardes totalling $35,000 (£26,500) after being handed a game penalty in his fourth round defeat by Jannik Sinner.

The biggest of the punishments was being docked $20,000 for verbal abuse of the official, coming on top of two for unsportsmanlike conduct and one for an audible obscenity.

Nick Kyrgios has avoided a ban for his meltdown at the Miami Open this week 

The controversial Australian called umpire Carlos Bernardes an 'absolute clown' and has been hit with four fines totalling £26,500

The controversial Australian called umpire Carlos Bernardes an ‘absolute clown’ and has been hit with four fines totalling £26,500

Coming on the back of his $25,000 fine for nearly hit a ballkid when flinging is racket in Indian Wells, it takes his career fines to more than $300,000.

However, there was no suspension, which after the recent spate of poor player behaviour will be seen by some as an insufficient deterrent. Kyrgios was playing in the semi-final of the doubles last night, and even before that he was guaranteed to earn a minimum $155,000 prize money from the event.

Liverpool’s Neal Skupski continued his outstanding start to the season with Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof last night when they reached the final of the men’s doubles with a 6-1 3-6 10-5 win over Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.

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