Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a serve against David Goffin of Belguim at the final of the Japan Open.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a serve against David Goffin of Belguim at the final of the Japan Open. Tetsu Joko

Kyrgios begins counselling in bid to reduce ban

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios appears to be playing by the books set out in front of him by the ATP - at least for now - in an effort to have his tour ban cut.

After being suspended for eight weeks and copping fines totalling more than $50,000 earlier this month, the 21-year-old Australian has begun seeing a sports psychologist.

The ban was handed down after the ATP deemed there had been a "lack of best efforts” during his match against Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters, effectively the tipping point of 18 months of bad behaviour.

The ATP, which intended to reduce the suspension if the troubled star sought counselling, said yesterday: "Nick has taken up the care plan on offer to him from the ATP. The details and contents of the plan are strictly confidential.”

While he may be free to play from November 7, the only tournament left on the ATP Tour in 2016 is next month's World Tour Finals in London, which he has not qualified for.

Kyrgios will more than likely return to competitive tennis for the ITF-sanctioned Hopman Cup in Perth, starting on January 1.


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