Kyrgios withdraws from French Open

Fresh off a blowup at the Italian Open last week, Australian Nick Kyrgios withdrew from next week’s French Open on Friday.
No reason was given for the No. 16 seed’s decision.
Last week in Rome, Kyrgios threw a chair and walked off the court at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and was defaulted.

Nick Kyrgios
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Kyrgios was trailing Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud 2-1 in the third set when he walked off the court. He had been warned for ball abuse, lost a point for unsportsmanlike conduct and then was penalized with a game loss for unsportsmanlike conduct, apparently for berating spectators.
After the game penalty, he smashed his racquet into the ground and kicked a water bottle, then threw a chair onto the court. A profane tirade followed and he packed up his bag and left.
The ATP will penalize Kyrgios $33,635 in prize money from the tournament, and he will lose 45 ATP points. An additional punishment could be coming for the player ranked No. 36 in the world.
The 24-year-old Kyrgios has a history of suspensions and fines.
Last year, the ATP fined him $17,500 for making a sexual gesture during his match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the Queen’s Club Championship in London.
In 2016, he was fined and suspended for eight weeks for several rules violations at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, which included verbally abusing a spectator and deliberately throwing a match. He also was fined at the French Open and Wimbledon for swearing, as well as at the Australian Open for taking a phone call during a mixed-doubles match.
The year before, he was fined $12,500 and suspended four weeks for making crude remarks toward Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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