Australia's Nick Kyrgios breaks his racket in his second round match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the French Open.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios breaks his racket in his second round match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the French Open. David Vincent

Kyrgios remorseful after copping fine for meltdown

NICK Kyrgios has shrugged off French Open singles controversy by partnering Jordan Thompson into the third round of doubles.

Fined more than $8000 for the mid-match implosion which triggered second-round French Open defeat, Kyrgios rebounded impressively with Davis Cup team-mate Thompson.

The duo downed Germans Jan-Lennard Struff and Mischa Zverev 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) as Sam Groth and Swede Robert Lindstedt shocked world record holders Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Kyrgios seemed far happy on the doubles court than in singles the previous day, when he faded dramatically to a four-set loss to South African Kevin Anderson.

The Australian hopes an extended run in doubles will build confidence and fitness.

Roland Garros officials docked Kyrgios $3400 for racquet abuse after the Canberran smashed two racquets late in the second set against Anderson.

He was given another penalty of $4740 for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

A remorseful Kyrgios said smashing racquets in front of children was not the best example.

"I mean, obviously, yeah. Obviously, it was frustration. Like, I'm not going to do that just because I feel like it," he said.

"Yeah, I mean, it kind of feels good. It just kind of feels like a whole build up and then it kind of just goes..

"I don't know if that's the best role model you want.

"But, I mean, I'm not trying to show anybody really my frustration. I just do it for myself.

"I've been doing it my whole career, really. I think, yeah, it's just a habit now."

Kyrgios was fined $7000 at the Australian Open and also at Wimbledon last year.

In October, Kyrgios was penalised more than $22,000 for not giving his best effort in a bizarre match at the Shanghai Masters against German Mischa Zverev.

News Corp Australia


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