How should the ATP treat the enigma that is Nick Kyrgios?

By George Davis, Lance Whittaker&Mariah Ramharack May 17, 2019

Nick Kyrgios is in hot water with the ATP for another code infraction. The SportsMax Zone is asking the question, should there be more significant sanctions for the Aussie even Aussies are complaining about.

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    Andy Murray has condemned Nick Kyrgios' latest costly meltdown at the Western & Southern Open and hopes his close friend can "figure it out".

    The temperamental Australian swore at Fergus Murphy and called him the worst umpire in the game during a second-round defeat against Karen Khachanov, less than a fortnight after winning the Citi Open in Washington.

    Kyrgios also smashed two rackets in an off-court outburst as he lost his cool in Cincinnati on Wednesday, the unruly behaviour costing him fines amounting to $113,000 (£93,254).

    Murray said the world number 27 was out of order and hopes he can change his ways.

    The Briton told BBC Sport: "It wasn't good, and I felt for Fergus as he shouldn't have to put up with that.

    "I chatted to [Kyrgios] a little bit [on Wednesday] night after the match.

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