Nick Kyrgios agrees to see sports psychologist to help improve his behaviour on the court


Nick Kyrgios was given an initial eight-week ban and fined in excess of £20,000 for his conduct at last week’s Shanghai Masters, which ATP organisers claimed fell short of the levels expected of a player.


The 21-year-old, who threw one game in his defeat to Mischa Zverev before being drawn into a verbal spat with a supporter and the umpire, was told that his hiatus would be reduced to three tournament weeks should he seek help.

Tennis Australia has confirmed that the world number 14 will indeed meet a psychologist, paving the way for his return to the sport on November 7.

“Nick’s health and well-being is a priority and the ATP has offered a reduced penalty on the provision that he seeks appropriate professional advice, which he has agreed to do,” a statement read.

Kyrgios added: “Following the ATP’s decision I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again for the circumstances in Shanghai. The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer.

“The Asian circuit was particularly tough after the long week and win in Tokyo and with the travel throughout the continent, my body finally just gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally.


“This is no excuse, and I know very well that I need to apologise to the fans – in Shanghai and in other parts of the world – as well as the tournament organisers in Shanghai who do an amazing job.”

Kyrgios was banned for 28 days and given a hefty fine last year for making lewd remarks about the girlfriend of opponent Stanislas Wawrinka during a Rogers Cup match in Montreal.

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