Roger Federer defends Nick Kyrgios after Australian is disqualified from Italian Open

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 0

Swiss ace Roger Federer has turned up in defence of under-fire Nick Kyrgios after the Australian star was disqualified from the ongoing Italian Open following a meldown.

Kyrgios embroiled in controversy during his second-round match against Casper Ruud on Thursday after going on a rant about chair umpire before slamming his racket, flinging a water bottle, throwing a chair on to the court, and walking off in anger.

Kyrgios was consequently fined €20,000 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) on Thursday.

The 24-year-old’s actions invited many fans to call for his suspension beyond the tournament. Federer, however, doesn’t second with those opinions.

“I don’t think he should be suspended,” Federer was quoted as saying by The Age. “He walked off the court. What did he do? He hurt a chair? That’s not enough for me.

“I don’t know if he’s on probation or not from his Shanghai thing. If that’s the case, then obviously you can maybe look into it. If that’s run its course, I don’t think he should be suspended.”

For those unaware, the 24-year-old Kyrgios was fined and banned for three months after being accused of tanking at Shanghai Masters in 2016.

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