DISGRACED: The ATP has suspended Nick Kyrgios for eight competition weeks and fined him an extra $25,000 USD for conduct contrary to 'integrity' of tennis.
DISGRACED: The ATP has suspended Nick Kyrgios for eight competition weeks and fined him an extra $25,000 USD for conduct contrary to 'integrity' of tennis. Julio Cortez

BEHIND THE DESK: What affect will ban have on Nick Kyrgios?

MOOSE ELKERTON: What's the point? Ban won't stop Kyrgios' petulance

IS THERE something we are missing with Nick Kyrgios?

Is his latest poor excuse for behaviour really a cry for help or is he simply the most arrogant sports star this country has seen.

It's a shame the ATP has had to come to the point of a suspension. It is a concept so far removed from the tennis world.

Not since the on court antics of enigmatic American John McEnroe has someone been banned from the ATP Tour.

But at least McEnroe was banned for trying, for giving his all, for showing spirit, albeit tempestuous.

At times it feels like Kyrgios could not care less about the tennis court, he could not care less about representing his country and he definitely could not care less about being the best in his field.

The saddest moment of the Kyrgios Shanghai fiasco came yesterday when ABN Amro tournament director Richard Krajicek was happy to remove him from the line-up for the Dutch tennis event.

Despite his meteoric rise to number 14 in the world the director said they were pleased to terminate his contract for the event as they would rather "a top tennis star on court".

But Kyrgios doesn't care because he will get to go to the NBA All Star weekend in the States.

So will an eight "tour week" ban even change his way of thinking? Will it do anything to deter the petulant behaviour we are accustomed to? Will he grow up and mature?

I really doubt it.

BILL NORTH: Best chance for bad boy of world tennis to reflect mistakes

NEW balls please.

What a relief the ATP officials had the balls to stick up for the credibility of their brand and sanction the bad boy of world tennis.

The suspension no doubt comes as a massive relief for Nick Kyrgios, too.

Just 21, institutionally arrogant and mentally fragile, the chance to take his mind off the tour spotlight could be just what the doctor ordered.

There's a mild sense of burn out in this whole scenario. In the midst of his most successful season to date - including three tournament wins and a world ranking of 14 - winning, and therefore playing, more matches is probably taking its toll.

Physically or not, the lights went out in Shanghai. The brakes locked up and Kyrgios swiftly lost control of the wheel. In the blink of an eye he'd orchestrated his new darkest hour, and dumbfounded us all by his apparent juvenile stupidity.

Will he learn from his mistakes? Or will hanging out with NBA stars simply fuel his persona of superiority?

Hopefully we'll see Kyrgios come back with a bang at the Hopman Cup and then at the Australian Open. What better platform to make his ATP Tour comeback?

Or will we realise Kyrgios is just a young man blessed with extraordinary talent in a domain he does not enjoy. That tennis, like mowing the lawn, is a chore.



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