Nick Kyrgios was fined $20,000 after throwing a racket in frustration at the BNP Paribas OpenGetty Images

The ATP Tour has sent out a notice to players saying it plans to “act on the issue” of racquet breakage and players arguing with referees, both of which have seen increases recently, according to TENNIS’ Kamakshi Tandon .com. ATP CEO, Andrea Gaudenzi in the notice says: “The first three months of the season have seen an unusual frequency of high-profile incidents involving unsportsmanlike conduct. This includes serious cases of verbal and racket abuse. He went on to say: “These incidents cast a bad light on our sport. This conduct affects everyone and sends the wrong message to our fans.” At the Mexican Open in February, Alexander Zverev “argued over a line call in a doubles match” and then , in the end, “passed his racket next to the referee’s feet, hitting the chair. The German “was fined $40,000”. At the BNP Paribas Open, Nick Kyrgios “threw a racket frustration” and the racquet “bounced back to hit the backboard above where a ballkid was standing”. He was “fined $20,000″ for it and then $35,000 for ” repeated violations at the Miami Open”. At the Miami Open, Jenson Brooksby “smashed a racquet toward the floor which bounced down the court, deflecting a ball player’s legs”. It was his “second racquet throw” during the contest. He was “fined $15,000″. ques online and from some former players” (TENNIS.com, 3/5).