As you will now Kyrgios today received a suspended 16-week ban, subject to a six-month probationary period. This won’t have gone down well in many quarters, especially with the anti-Nick brigade. I will be honest, it doesn’t work me up in the slightest. I like having him around. Yes, there have been a fair few incidents this season, but I like a few will have found some funnier than others.
The probationary period has come at a good time for Nick. News had filtered through earlier in the day that he had pulled out of the remainder of the Asian swing. A collarbone injury picked up in the Laver Cup had ‘escalated’ as he posted on Instagram. The potential ban, subject to probation was announced soon after. This will no doubt fire the haters up even more.
There has been a strange relationship with this time of year for Nick, which has seen success and controversy. I wouldn’t expect to be seeing too much more of him this season though, if at all. That is just a total guess and not based on anything but a hunch. It could be a good time to recharge the batteries and go again next season. There, it will be straight into the Aussie swing where his behaviour will no doubt be under vast scrutiny. Will he deliver anything in this spell? I would expect there to be something to talk about along the way. Wouldn’t you?
The details of this ban include ATP Tour or Challenger events that will seek good behaviour with Umpires, line judges and even spectators. Visible obscenities and unsportsmanlike conduct have also been dropped into the mix. Some of the incidents I have seen with spectators, in particular, I think he has had a point mind! Further code violations with fines are a no-no between now and the end of March though. That will make for compelling viewing in its own right.
Andy Del Potro