Andy Murray has revealed that he spoke to Nick Kyrgios after his expletive-laden outburst at the Cincinnati Masters and says his behaviour is ‘not good’ for tennis.
The Australian was handed the biggest fine of his controversial career, totalling $113,000 (around £93,000), after repeatedly swearing at umpire Fergus Murphy, breaking two rackets and then spitting in his direction at the end of the match.
Murray and Kyrgios are good friends off the court – the Aussie watched the Brit and Feliciano Lopez beat Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock on Thursday – but the two-time Wimbledon winner could not defend his latest controversy.
‘It wasn’t good, and I felt for Fergus as he shouldn’t have to put up with that,’ Murray told BBC Sport.
‘I chatted to him 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 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.’
The ATP have confirmed that Kyrgios could face ‘an additional fine and/or suspension’ for his behaviour.
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