Tennis manager confirms stricter penalties for ‘aggressive’ behavior

Kyrgios and Zverev

Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev have both been punished for recent outbursts (Image: Getty / Amazon Prime)

Tennis bosses have confirmed that any “aggressive and disrespectful” offense on the court will now result in players being sentenced to much harsher penalties.

ATP has also told players they will revise its penalties for serious offenses and repeated offenders among the likes of Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, who recently imposed fines for their meltdown on the pitch.

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi sent a message to the workforce, in which he confirmed that tougher penalties would be introduced immediately prior to the clay court season.

‘The first three months of the season have seen an unusual frequency of high-profile incidents involving unsportsmanlike conduct,’ Gaudenzi writes. “This includes serious cases of verbal and racket abuse.

‘We have seen too many dangerous moments, with referees or ballers trapped in the crossfire of aggressive or disrespectful behavior.

‘These incidents cast a bad light on our sport. This behavior affects everyone and sends the wrong message to our fans, especially young fans.

‘With immediate effect, and as we had in the clay court swing, ATP’s refereeing team has been required to take a stricter stance in judging violations of the Code of Conduct.

“In addition, we are also reviewing the Code, as well as the disciplinary processes, to ensure that it provides appropriate and up-to-date sanctions for repeat offenders.”

Kyrgios was recently fined a total of $ 60,000 (£ 45,700) after his outbursts at the Indian Wells and Miami Open earlier this year, where he smashed his racket and shouted insults at a judge.

Similarly, Zverev was disqualified from the Mexican Open after attacking the court with his racket.

The 24-year-old was also given a conditional quarantine of eight weeks, although some felt the punishment was not enough.

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