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Friday, 16 August 2019

What Murray told Kyrgios after umpire outburst


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Andy Murray has revealed he spoke to Australia's Nick Kyrgios after his stunning outburst at the Cincinatti Masters, saying he felt for the chair umpire in the incident.

Kyrgios once again incited the ire of the tennis world after his foul-mouthed tirade launched at umpire Fergus Watts, where he labelled Watts the worst umpire in the game.

The 24-year-old was slapped with a fine of almost $170,000 AUD for the outburst, charged with five separate offences.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Murray admitted that the actions of his great friend did not paint him in a good light.

"It wasn't good, and I felt for Fergus as he shouldn't have to put up with that," he said.

Nick Kyrgios

"I chatted to (Kyrgios) a little bit last night after the match.

"It's obviously up to him, and I think for the most part a couple of weeks ago in Washington (where he won his sixth ATP title), he did a good job of helping himself and using the crowd.

"But obviously this week, he went back to what he was doing before. You just hope he will figure it out, because a week like in Washington is really good for tennis, but last night isn't. Hopefully he gets it figured out."

After being hit with the gargantuan fine, Kyrgios is now awaiting a decision from the ATP that could potentially see him banned from the tour.

If the ATP deems that the Australian has committed a "major offence" under the player code, he will receive an added fine or be hit with a suspension.

Andy Murray has revealed he spoke to Australia's Nick Kyrgios after his stunning outburst at the Cincinatti Masters, saying he felt for the chair umpire in the incident.

Kyrgios once again incited the ire of the tennis world after his foul-mouthed tirade launched at umpire Fergus Watts, where he labelled Watts the worst umpire in the game.

The 24-year-old was slapped with a fine of almost $170,000 AUD for the outburst, charged with five separate offences.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Murray admitted that the actions of his great friend did not paint him in a good light.

"It wasn't good, and I felt for Fergus as he shouldn't have to put up with that," he said.

Nick Kyrgios

"I chatted to (Kyrgios) a little bit last night after the match.

"It's obviously up to him, and I think for the most part a couple of weeks ago in Washington (where he won his sixth ATP title), he did a good job of helping himself and using the crowd.

"But obviously this week, he went back to what he was doing before. You just hope he will figure it out, because a week like in Washington is really good for tennis, but last night isn't. Hopefully he gets it figured out."

After being hit with the gargantuan fine, Kyrgios is now awaiting a decision from the ATP that could potentially see him banned from the tour.

If the ATP deems that the Australian has committed a "major offence" under the player code, he will receive an added fine or be hit with a suspension.

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