ATP was not amused by the conduct of Nick Kyrgios in the tennis courts at the current Shanghai Masters tournament. ATP has fined Nick Kyrgios $16,500 for violating ATP’s code of conduct in a recent match played on Wednesday where the Australian lost.
Kyrgios raised eyebrows in the match where Mischa Zverev defeated Kyrgios in straight sets in the second round at the Shanghai Masters. The set scores were 6-3 6-1.During this match, the Australian seemed to be serving half-hearted serves. He also seemed to be walking away from the tennis court before Zverev returned the ball to him.
This second round match also saw the Kyrgios in a skirmish with a spectator. Following his defeat in the match, the Australian has booed away from the court.
In the context of imposing a penalty on Kyrgios, an ATP spokesman said that the Australian was slapped with an “onsite fine” of $10,000 for “for lack of best efforts”. He was further fined an additional sum of $5,000 for verbally abusing a spectator. Kyrgios was also imposed a fine of $1500 for not behaving like a sportsman in the second round match at the Shanghai Masters.
When the Australian was asked about his weak serves he said that his “arm was a bit sore”. However later on in twitter Kyrgios didn’t give any excuses for his surprising defeat.
This Australian player has attracted a lot of attention for his off-court behaviour. He also captured media attention for the exciting way of playing his game. His tennis career which has not been too long having seemed to be fraught with problems.
In the 2016 Rio Olympics this Australian player after publicly fighting with Kitty Chiller who was the Australian chef de mission, Kyrgios’s pulled out of the Games. Referring to Kyrgios’s social media posts Chiller said that these suggest that Kyrgios didn’t quite realise the importance of being an Australian Olympian.
Problems do not seem to end for this Australian. In the Wimbledon this year, Kyrgios was involved in a heated argument with reporters in the post-match briefing. He became agitated when he was asked about his on-court behaviour and his use of language in the court. For this behaviour, the Australian got himself another code violation. He eventually won this second round match over Dustin Brown.
One of Kyrgios’ biggest achievements in his career to date was reaching the quarterfinals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. He achieved this after defeating Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet on the way.