This file photo taken on October 12, 2016 shows Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacting to his serve against Mischa Zverev of Germany during their men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament. AFP / JOHANNES EISELE
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The scene now springs to mind when thinking about Nick Kyrgios squandering his abundance of talent for tennis.Apologists say Kyrgios deserves sympathy, that he is young and clearly struggling in tennis' spotlight.Thinking of them, one realizes how mealy mouthed the men's tour was in suspending Kyrgios from ATP tournaments for eight weeks to Jan. 15, short enough for him to return for first-round play at the Australian Open which starts the following day.Kyrgios could reduce the suspension to an even more insignificant three weeks by agreeing to accept help from a psychologist.Two successful athletes – Andy Murray in tennis and Nico Rosberg in Formula One – spring to mind.Both Murray and Rosberg are hard grafters.Murray, long the fourth member of tennis' "Fab Four" behind Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal, has had such a standout 2016 that the 29-year-old Briton now has his sights on the No. 1 ranking that Djokovic has monopolized without interruption since July 2014 .
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