Nick Kyrgios throws chair at Italian Open; players debate punishment

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During the Italian Open, tennis pro Nick Kyrgios threw a chair onto the court after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
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ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios’ latest outburst of unruly behavior has other players split on whether the temperamental Australian should be handed a long-term ban.

Kyrgios walked off the court and threw a chair onto the red clay during a fit of rage during his second-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday, leading to him being defaulted and fined.

His opponent, Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud, said that wasn’t enough and called for Kyrgios to be banned for six months or longer.

Roger Federer, though, thinks Kyrgios has already been given an appropriate punishment.

“I don’t think he should be suspended,” Federer said. “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.”

Kyrgios was already suspended by the ATP Tour in 2016 for “tanking” a match and insulting fans during a loss at the Shanghai Masters.

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