The ATP has slammed a $16,500 fine on Nick Kyrgios for violating the association’s code of conduct due to his unruly behaviour during a boring second-round loss to Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.
The ATP announced the Australian tennis star got the maximum $10,000 fine for a “lack of best efforts” in the match, a $5,000 fine for verbal abuse of a spectator and another $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The 21-year-old rushed the match, losing 6-3 6-1, in a match that saw his serves and groundstrokes being struck with little effort.
At a point, he walked towards his chair after sending a serve Zverev’s way without hanging around for a return.
The Australian, known for his on-court antics and frequent battles with umpires and fans, also argued with a fan who questioned his sportsmanship during the match.
While the crowd was booing and jeering Kyrgios, one man yelled, “Respect the game.” A furious Kyrgios shouted back, “You want to come here and play?”
Asked later whether he thought he owed the spectators a better effort, Kyrgios turned defiant again.
“What does that even mean? I’m good at hitting a tennis ball at the net. Big deal. I don’t owe them anything,” he said. “If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave.”
Last year, Kyrgios insulted Stan Wawrinka during a match in Montreal and was fined $12,500, as well as a possible 28-day suspension and a further $25,000 fine if he picked up any other major offenses over the following six months. That probation period ended in February.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic said Thursday he believed Kyrgios has some “life lessons to learn.”
“Not many great things are spoken about him lately,” Djokovic said. “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 the game has seen lately.”