The outbursts continued at the news conference that followed his 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 victory when he was asked about whether the $113,000 fine he incurred from the ATP over his antics during a Cincinnati Masters match earlier this month affected his performance Tuesday night.
“Not at all. ATP’s pretty corrupt, anyway, so I’m not fussed about it at all,” Kyrgios said.
On Wednesday, an ATP spokesman told reporters that the governing body is considering whether to punish Kyrgios for a “major offense,” punishable by a fine of up to the amount of prize money won at a tournament and a suspension of up to a year.
Kyrgios tried to explain himself Wednesday afternoon in a statement released on Twitter, saying he didn’t mean to use the word “corrupt” but that he still has a problem with the way the ATP doles out punishment.
“I would like to go on record to clarify my comment around the ATP being corrupt, it was not the correct choice of words and my point and intention was to address what I see as double standards rather than corruption,” Kyrgios wrote.
“I know my behavior at times has been controversial and that has landed me in trouble, which at times is granted and valid but my issue is around others whether gaining the same, less or more media attention doing the same or similar behaviour and not being sanctioned.
“That’s my issue and it continues to be. To be clear I know I’m not perfect and do not pretend to be and I acknowledge I’ve deserved fines and sanctioning at times but I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board, to date that’s not happened.
“I’ve had huge support from [ATP Chairman] Chris Kermode and have given it in return, so I want to clarify my comments but stand by my beliefs and sentiment around double standards.”
In Cincinnati, Kyrgios called the umpire “the worst f----- referee ever,” smashed rackets in a hallway after asking for a bathroom break, tanked the third and final set and then spat in the umpire’s general direction. In doling out the fine, the ATP again said it was considering a “major offense” punishment against him, considering that he got kicked out of the Italian Open in May for throwing a chair and had previously been suspended in 2016 for tanking and for insulting fans at a tournament in China.
Kyrgios’s next match is doubles with Marius Copil on Tuesday afternoon. He’s scheduled to face Antoine Hoang in singles on Wednesday.