Nick Kyrgios has again questioned the ATP Tour’s consistency after Novak Djokovic apparently escaped with a fine after hitting a spectator with a tennis ball.
“I would’ve been defaulted and suspended until 2025,” suggested a tongue-in-cheek Kyrgios on Twitter.
Djokovic’s temper got the better of him twice in his 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory over Andy Murray on Saturday night to retain the Qatar Open title, causing umpire Carlos Bernardes to hand him two warnings, including the loss of a point on the second warning.
The first came in the sixth game of the first set when world No.2 Djokovic, annoyed after losing a point, slapped a ball into the crowd on the bounce, hitting a woman.
He was later warned again and docked a point after smashing his racquet in frustration during the second set.
It was the first incident that drew comment from Kyrgios, who recently completed a three-week suspension for “tanking” – not giving full effort – in a match at the Shanghai Masters, where he was also fined heavily.