SHANGHAI: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was hit with a $16,500 fine on Thursday after his extraordinary performance at the Shanghai Masters where he tanked points and argued with fans.
The combustible world number 14 received the maximum $10,000 fine for “lack of best efforts”, plus $5,000 for abusing a spectator and another $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Trouble-prone Kyrgios, 21, patted a slow serve into his opponent s court and failed to properly contest several points in his 6-3, 6-1 defeat to 110th-ranked Mischa Zverev.
Kyrgios also clashed with the chair umpire and fans, received a code violation for swearing and had a heated argument with one spectator when he was facing match points.
Afterwards, he lashed out at the crowd who booed him on several occasions during the second-round match and as he left the court.
“I m good at hitting a tennis ball at the net. Like, big deal. I don t owe them anything. It s like, it s my choice,” he said.
“If you don t like it, I didn t ask you to come watch. Just leave. If you re so good at giving advice and so good at tennis, why aren t you as good as me? Why aren t you on the tour?”
It was just the latest incident involving the Australian number one, who received a one-month suspended ban last year for a lewd comment about Stan Wawrinka s girlfriend.
Kyrgios later apologised for the Shanghai meltdown when he tweeted: “Not good enough today on many levels, I m better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry.”
World number one Novak Djokovic said Kyrgios was one of the game s biggest talents but that he had “life lessons” to learn.
“Not many great things are spoken about him lately,” said the Serb.
“I m sorry to hear that, because I share the opinion of many players and many people in the tennis world, that he s one of the greatest talents that the game has seen lately and he s got huge potential.
“He s been doing well… you ve got to give him credit for that. But on the other hand, he obviously has life lessons to learn. He s still relatively young, so hopefully that s going to happen.”
Andy Murray questioned whether fines were effective against young players and whether the punishment would have any effect on Kyrgios.
“Whether it s the best way to discipline young players, I don t know,” he said. “I don t know if that stops that happening again. I m not convinced about that.”