Nick Kyrgios handed suspended 16-week ban by ATP Tour

Nick Kyrgios wasn’t happy during his loss to Andreas Seppi

Nick Kyrgios wasn’t happy during his loss to Andreas Seppi

Nick Kyrgios has surprisingly managed to avoid an immediate ban from the ATP Tour following the conclusion of an investigation into his explosive second-round match in Cincinnati last month.

The suspended 16-week ban issued Thursday will only go into effect if he commits similar acts over a six-month probation period.

The ATP looked into Kyrgios' actions and concluded that he "committed aggravated behaviour under the Player Major Offense" provision.

Some of the conditions include no further code violations that result in a fine for verbal or physical abuse of officials, fans or any others on-court or on-site and unsportsmanlike conduct and any obscenity directed at officials. He must also agree to receive continued support from a "mental coach" while competing at events, and getting additional help in the off-season from a specialist in behavioural management.

The 24-year-old caused controversy at the Western & Southern Open in August when he hurled abuse at umpire Fergus Murphy in a defeat to Karen Khachanov, while he also smashed two rackets during an unpermitted bathroom break.

Kyrgios is set to sit out the remainder of the Asian swing to allow himself time to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the Davis Cup.

The ATP added that a second investigation had taken place after Kyrgios's comments at the U.S. Open, although the world number 27 had clarified his remarks saying that "corrupt" was not the correct choice of words.

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