Australian tennis superstar, Nick Kyrgios, has been handed a 16-week ban from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour.
Kyrgios was given the ban upon the conclusion of an investigation into the player's erratic second-round loss at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.
The Australian born player has been handed a record fine of 113,000 US dollars (approximately £90,000), the highest amount ever given to a tennis player in history.
After he had committed eight offences during his feisty match with Karen Khachanov, he verbally abused an umpire identified as Fergus Murphy and spat towards another official.
Should Kyrgios commit a similar offence within a six-month period, he will be fined another 25,000 dollars (approximately £20,000). He was also mandated to have a psychiatric evaluation during tournaments and seek extra help from a specialist in behavioural management before the end of the year.
The investigation on Kyrgois was conducted by Gayle David Bradshaw, the tour’s executive vice president. According to the rules of the competition, it was concluded that Kyrgios will be charged with aggravated behaviour under the player major offence provision in the ATP code.