24 Oct 2016

Kyrgios hits new career high while suspended

3:43 pm on 24 October 2016

Troubled Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has hit a new career-high ranking, despite being suspended for the rest of the season.

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios Photo: Photosport

The 21-year-old will jump one place to become world number 13 when the latest ATP rankings are released today.

It comes after Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut failed to defend rankings points at the Kremlin Cup this week, crashing out in the second round.

Kyrgios won the Japan Open earlier this month, though just a week later he was fined and suspended for "conduct contrary to the integrity of the game" after appearing to throw a match at the Shanghai Masters and swearing at the umpire and a fan.

Last week he was given an eight week ban for his behaviour, though it could be reduced to just three weeks if he meets certain conditions, including consulting a sports psychologist.

Kyrgios acknowledged his new career high on Twitter, writing "lol" while quoting a post which read "No news about it but Kyrgios reached a new career high of 13 today ... but that's none of my business."