Fines add up for Kyrgios after ugly Open defeat

Nick Kyrgios of Australia takes pause between sets against Andreas Seppi of Italy
Nick Kyrgios of Australia takes pause between sets against Andreas Seppi of Italy JULIAN SMITH

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios has been hit with fines of more than $7000 in the aftermath of his ugly Australian Open exit.

The 21-year-old was fined $3988 for an audible obscenity during his five-set loss to Italian Andreas Seppi in their second-round clash on Wednesday night.

He was also docked $3323 for racquet abuse.

The penalties were imposed after supervisors reviewed footage of the match.

Kyrgios earned $80,000 prizemoney in singles but lost the chance to earn more when an abdominal strain forced him out of doubles with Britain's Dan Evans.

Kyrgios was fined $33,235 and suspended for eight weeks - reduced to three weeks after he agreed to consult a psychologist - for tanking in Shanghai last year.

The fiery star said he had enjoyed working with psychologists before his loss to Seppi, showing no sign of volatility in an impressive first round win over Portugal's Gaston Elias.

Kyrgios' injury - and motivational challenges - has him in doubt for Australia's Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic at Kooyong from February 3-5.

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