Controversial Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios looks set to be suspended from the ATP tour after pulling out of his opening round match against Steve Johnson at the Shanghai Masters.
It’s the same tournament that led to his suspension for eight weeks last summer after he was found guilty of throwing a match and “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game.”
Kyrgios conceded this match after losing the opening set in a tie-breaker and later blamed a stomach bug and soreness in an apology for his withdrawal.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 10, 2017
“I want to apologise to the fans in Shanghai and those who watched around the world on TV today,” he wrote on social media.
“I’ve been battling a stomach bug for 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today which I think was pretty evident from the first point.”
Once he lost the first set he “was just not strong enough to continue,” Kyrgios said, adding that he hopes to be well enough to play doubles after “a good nights sleep”.
“I’m gutted to be honest as I was keen to keep the good momentum that I built in Beijing.”
But his ongoing dissatisfaction with the umpiring could cost him dearly, especially after he was overheard on a courtside microphone telling his team box that he’d quit if he lost the set, having lost a point during the tie-breaker for a code violation when the score was 4-2 in his favour. Johnson went on to win the tie-breaker 7-5.
In an incident reminiscent of his loss in the China Open final against world number one Rafael Nadal, just a few days ago, where he copped two code violations for his behaviour following a bad line call, Kyrgios was again handed two code violations in the Shanghai match, this time for ball abuse and swearing, before his anger flared again following the penalty point.
His behaviour in the match against Johnson is likely to draw the scrutiny of tournament officials once again.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 10, 2017
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