- Nick Kyrgios was beaten by German qualifier Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-1
- The ATP decided to fine him as he breached their code of conduct
- The fines were for not trying his best and for an argument with a fan
Nick Kyrgios has been hit with a $16,500 (£13,500) fine for his shocking behaviour during his second-round match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.
Kyrgios had put in a pitiful effort as he tanked his match against German qualifier Mischa Zverev, losing 6-3, 6-1 in 48 minutes, and also engaged in an argument with a fan who had loudly voiced his criticism.
After a review of the match, the ATP decided on Thursday to take action against the 21-year-old Aussie with a fine for ‘breaches of the ATP Code of Conduct’.
Nick Kyrgios has been fined over £13,000 for appearing not to try during his defeat by Mischa Zverev
An ATP statement read: ‘After completion of the on-site investigation, Kyrgios received the on-site maximum fine of $10,000 (£8,200) for lack of best efforts, as well as a $5,000 (£4,100) fine for verbal abuse of a spectator and a $1,500 (£1,200) fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.’
Some may feel that Kyrgios should have been hit with a bigger punishment for his behaviour given that he earned $35,845 (£29,400) prize money for reaching the second round.
But the ATP could not have imposed a bigger fine for lack of best efforts or a ban under their rules unless they had deemed his behaviour to be ‘flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tournament, or singularly egregious’.
Kyrgios’ astonishing meltdown took place just three days after winning the biggest title of his career at the Japan Open in Tokyo. Afterwards, he blasted the Chinese crowd for loudly booing him.
At one point the Australian appeared to offer minimal effort with a flimsy serve
The former Wimbledon quarter-finalist then complained towards the umpire
Kyrgios said: ‘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.’
It quickly became apparent early in the match that Kyrgios was not interested in playing to his full capabilities. One serve was tapped over the net and left for Zverev to swat way the return as Kyrgios turned away and walked towards his courtside chair.
Umpire Ali Nili saw fit to issue a lecture: ‘Nick, you can’t play like that. It’s just not professional. This is a professional tournament.’ Kyrgios later told Nili: ‘Can you call time so I can finish this match and go home?’
Kyrgios admitted after his match that he had ‘tapped out a little bit’
The match descended into farce towards the end when Kyrgios delayed proceedings to engage in an argument with a fan who had loudly voiced his criticism. Kyrgios replied: ‘You wanna come here and play? Sit down, shut up and watch.’
Kyrgios later admitted he had ‘tapped out a little bit’ but showed no sign of contrition in his press conference. Asked if he wanted to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Kyrgios replied: ‘I couldn’t care less, to be completely honest with you.’