'I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened': Rafter calls for Kyrgios suspension
By Sam Phillips
September 16, 2019 — 4.00pm

Pat Rafter has joined fellow Australian tennis icon Rod Laver in calling for Nick Kyrgios to be suspended for his latest series of outbursts during the US hardcourt season.

Kyrgios has already been fined for $167,000 for his meltdown at the Cincinnati Masters last month, where he appeared to call umpire Fergus Murphy a "f---ing tool" and smashed two racquets during a bathroom break Murphy tried to stop him from taking.

"There is obviously something else going on behind the scenes. I don’t know.

"On paper it looks like he should be suspended, to me."

Kyrgios remains a crowd-pulling drawcard for tournament organisers and Rafter queried that may influence the ATP's decision to suspend the 24-year-old.

"That’s the other thing. He draws a crowd," Rafter said.

"But at what stage do you say the crowd is more important? Or are you trying to uphold a certain standard or protocol for players to adhere to."

Kyrgios, ranked higher than any other Australian man at No.27, presents a headache for Tennis Australia as the country prepares to play host to the new ATP Cup in January.

One of the quirks of the event is that the highest ranked player from each country will pick their team captain.

Given Kyrgios has a frosty relationship with both Rafter and current Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, it's hard to envisage the outspoken star would select either to lead their team for the tournament, which starts on January 3.

Rafter is certain he won't be called upon should Kyrgios remain top Australian player come the November 13 deadline and Hewitt wouldn't be drawn on the matter.

"This is a great event to be a part of. I think to have any small involvement - whether that is as a captain, commentator, ambassador - whatever it may be," Hewitt said.

"I love getting our great sport and playing the best possible tennis we can at the elite level, here in our country."

The ATP Cup will bring every member of the current top-10 ranked male players in the world - and 27 of the top 30 - to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth between January 3 and 12.

There will be 24 countries split between six groups of four, with the winners of their group all progressing to the final eight alongside the best two second-placed teams.

Each tie will be a best-of-three format involving two singles clashes and one doubles match.

Australia has been drawn in Group F alongside Germany, Greece and Canada at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena.

Roger Federer will be the main drawcard in the group stage in Sydney as Switzerland have been drawn in Group C alongside Great Britain, Belgium and a wildcard which will be determined in November.


Christopher Clarey

My understanding is that if Kyrgios is suspended it could come down before the start of Laver Cup but more likely after it. Incidents still being reviewed. My understanding is that Laver Cup organizers aren't legally obliged to adhere to an ATP ban. Event outside ATP framework

Darren Cahill
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�� they are damn cute you know*. If any sanction is handed down it should disqualify him from competing in the LC. The event and ATP can’t have it both ways. An official sanction means it’s an official ATP event even if there are no points. The Slams & DC can choose to ignore.
*@nadalnews compared Laver Cup to a platypus.