It seems like Nick Kyrgios’ disgraceful performance at the Shanghai Masters has come back to bite him after being slapped with a £13,500 fine for “breaking code of conduct” during the second round.
ATP rules indicate that all players must use best efforts during the match when competing in a tournament as failure to do so will result in a fine.
After Kyrgios’ lacklustre performance, ATP indicated that they were reviewing the match in its entirety, and it seems they have finally made their decision to fine the young Australian.
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Even Andy Murray came out to show his disapproval, for the players’ lack of effort, saying: “Maybe he wasn’t feeling great today, but you have to give your best effort of what you have on that day even if you’re feeling a bit tired and lacking motivation because you have just won a tournament the week before.
“But, you know, we’re not perfect. You know, everyone makes mistakes. You just want to make sure that you learn from them and make sure it doesn’t happen over and over again.”
During that same match, Kyrgios was also engaged in a running battle with fans, to which he did not feel necessary to apologise for after the match.
“Not at all. I feel like if they knew what they were talking about they’d be on the tennis court and being successful as well,” he said.
“I can’t really understand it at all. They don’t know what I’m going through, so no, I don’t understand it.
“I don’t owe them anything. It’s my choice. 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?
“You want to buy a ticket? Come watch me. You know I’m unpredictable. It’s your choice. I don’t owe you anything. Doesn’t affect how I sleep at night.”
However, he did apologise on social media afterwards, tweeting: “Not good enough today on many levels, I'm better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry"
This is not the first time the controversial star has been penalised for his actions.
In 2015, he was fined more than £6,000 for throwing a racket into the crowd during his defeat to Richard Gasquet, but escaped punishment following accusations of ‘tanking’ the game.
His biggest fine came after he made controversial insults towards Stan Wawrinka during the 2015 Rogers Cup, which led to him being fined $10,000 by the ATP.
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