Nick Kyrgios has courted a lot of controversy today after purposely throwing his match against Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.
Afterwards, he claimed that he owes fans nothing, saying: "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?"
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Shortly after blasting his own fans, Kyrgios tweeted an apology for his actions, posting:
'Not good enough today on many levels, I'm better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry #StillAWorkInProgress 🙏🏽😢😞'
Now, Andy Murray, who himself has courted controversy in the past, has had his say on the matter, telling Kyrgios to "push through" when he's feeling rough.
Murray said that the Australian will be disappointed to have performed like that, but then urged him in future to fight through the negative feelings, something Murray is brilliant at doing when his own back is against the wall.
Questions have been raised about Kyrgios' commitment to the game, something Murray rubbishes, claiming that Kyrgios likes tennis and knows a lot about the game, something that was proven by his great week last week.
Murray explains that it is difficult to play in tournaments so close to one another, as you are feeling a bit tired and a bit jaded, but that you must put in your best effort still.
He said: "That's your job as a professional athlete. If you're feeling sick, maybe you're not going to play as well or perform as good, but you have to give your best of what you have on the day.
"That's something I've been trying to do, you know, the last few years of my career... maybe you're a little bit stiff or sore, or, you know, a little bit down, you just got to try and push through it.
"If you go out and don't give your best... it's tough to take that night, you feel pretty down about it."
It's clear Murray feels sorry for Kyrgios, but also acknowledges that you have to fight for it no matter how you feel.
It's better for the fans and for the professional as well.
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