Nick Kyrgios fined $14K for latest US Open outburst; fines total $32,500 after fourth-round exit
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Nick Kyrgios was fined $14,000 for his final act at the U.S. Open Tuesday when he destroyed two rackets after a devastating loss in the fourth round to Karen Khachanov.
Kyrgios, 27, has amassed $32,500 in fines at the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, but his fifth offense – slamming two rackets on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium – earned him the largest fine handed out at the U.S. Open this year, Reuters reported.
After being defeated by Khachanov 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4, Kyrgios shook the chair umpire’s hand and walked over to his bench to pack his things up.
But he changed course and returned to the court, where he repeatedly slammed his racket on the ground.
NICK KYRGIOS SMASHES RACKETS DURING POST-GAME MELTDOWN: ‘HONESTLY FEEL LIKE S—’
Still dealing with his frustrations, Kyrgios grabbed another racket.
“I'm just devastated, obviously,” Kyrgios told reporters after the match. “Just feel like it was either winning it all or nothing at all, to be honest. I feel like I've just failed at this event right now.”
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Kyrgios was fined $4,000 for yelling obscenities during his win over defending U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev and $7,500 for spitting at his own player’s box the previous match, Yahoo Sports reported.
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He was also fined $4,000 for breaking a racket during a doubles match.
According to Reuters, the fines will be deducted from Kyrgios’ overall match earnings of $473,200.