Nick Kyrgios avoids sanction for answering phone before match

Nick Kyrgios won't be sanctioned by tournament officials for answering his phone on court before a mixed doubles match at the Australian Open, because the call was taken before the pre-match meeting.

Kyrgios answered the mobile phone call, which he said was from a friend, before a match he and his girlfriend, Ajla Tomljanovic, lost in straight sets to the No.1-ranked team of Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza on Saturday.

Under the ATP Tour policy, "a player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. C.D. players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the supervisor.''

The Australian Open released a statement on Sunday saying, "Referee reviewed the situation ... as Nick walked on to the court before his match he answered a phone call then hung up. This happened prior to the pre-match meeting and no further action will be taken. The incident has been closed.''