Nick Kyrgios opened a cheeky Twitter ballot Monday asking what number of years he can be banned if he had hit an official with a ball, after 17-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic’s default on the US Open. The Australian has waged a operating battle with the Serb in current months over his ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition sequence, lashing out on the world primary’s “stupidity” after a number of gamers contracted coronavirus. And he was fast to have his say after Djokovic was sensationally disqualified from the US Open for hitting a lady line choose within the throat with a ball bashed away in disgust after shedding his serve.
The flamable Kyrgios, who was hit with a suspended 16-week ban final yr for a sequence of on-court outbursts, jumped onto social media to ask his followers what would occur if he had hit the road choose.
“Swap me for jokers incident,” he mentioned, utilizing Djokovic’s nickname.
“‘Unintentionally hitting the ball child within the throat.’ What number of years would I be banned for?” requested the Australian.
The choices given have been 5, 10 or 20 years with the ballot attracting greater than 60,000 solutions in its first hour, with the bulk voting for 20 years.
America Tennis Affiliation mentioned Djokovic, who apologised, would lose all rating factors and prize cash from the match.
Whereas most took the Kyrgios’s tweet as a light-hearted dig, not everybody was impressed.
“Slight distinction: you probably did a lot worse,” famous one consumer, whereas one other wrote: “Similar penalty as Djoko. Cease victimising your self, get on with it.”
The ATP opened a probe into Nick Kyrgios final yr following an explosive meltdown on the Cincinnati Masters the place he smashed two racquets and launched into an abusive tirade on the chair umpire earlier than showing to spit on the official.
He was fined US$113,000 for ball abuse, leaving the court docket with out permission, an audible obscenity and unsportsmanlike conduct throughout his loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
Whereas Kyrgios was penalised for the Cincinnati outbursts, he averted additional punishment for calling the ATP “fairly corrupt” in the course of the 2019 US Open after he “clarified” his remark.
Kyrgios, ranked simply 40 however a giant drawcard, opted to stay in Canberra and never play this yr’s US Open because of the pandemic.
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