The Latest: Kyrgios calls ATP “corrupt” for $100K fine

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              FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Naomi Osaka, of Japan, kisses the trophy after defeating Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Osaka is ranked No. 1 heading into the U.S. Open, where she will attempt to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

1:50 a.m.

Nick Kyrgios says the ATP is “corrupt” for fining him more than $100,000 this month for his behavior during a match.

Asked if that recent punishment from the men’s tour — only the latest in a long series that also included a suspension — affected him mentally coming into the U.S. Open, he replied: “Not at all. ATP’s pretty corrupt, anyway, so I’m not fussed about it at all.”

Kyrgios insulted a chair umpire and left the court to smash two rackets during a second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open this month.

The next day, the ATP listed a breakdown of eight fines ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 each, for violations such as unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity.

When a reporter asked a follow-up question about his use of the word “corrupt” following his straight-set victory over Steve Johnson that ended past 1 a.m. on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows, Kyrgios first referenced his fines totaling $113,000.

Then he added: “Why are we talking about something that happened three weeks ago, when I just chopped up someone (in the) first round of U.S. Open?”