Nick Kyrgios’ outrageous showing at the Shanghai Masters will cost him $16,500.
Kyrgios essentially threw his second-round match against German qualifier Mischa Zverev and trash-talked heckling fans in the process. The 21-year-old Australian since has been fined the maximum $10,000 for showing a “lack of best efforts,” $5,000 for verbal abuse of a spectator and $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, according to Tennis.com.
Kyrgios lost his match to Zverev, 6-3, 6-1, while looking completely disinterested. He tapped soft serves over the net, showboated and even walked off the court at one point before a return shot from Zverev.
To make matters worse, Kyrgios showed no remorse during his post-match press conference, saying he doesn’t owe the fans anything and that they can leave if they don’t like his playing style. He later apologized on Twitter, but this isn’t the first time Kyrgios has ticked off some people.
It probably won’t be the last, either.
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