Kyr­gios fined $16,500 for be­hav­iour at Shang­hai Mas­ters

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.Nick Kyr­gios will have to pay $16,500 in fines for his bizarre ac­tions at the Shang­hai Mas­ters. The Aus­tralian ten­nis player re­ceived one of the largest fines of his ca­reer yes­ter­day for his lack of ef­fort and ar­gu­men­ta­tive be­hav­ior dur­ing his sec­ond-round match. He was fined the max­i­mum $10,000 for show­ing a “lack of best ef­forts” in the match, $5,000 for ver­bal abuse of a spec­ta­tor, and $1,500 for un­sports­man­like con­duct. Kyr­gios rushed through his 63, 6-1 loss to Ger­man qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev, fail­ing to put any speed on some serves and hit­ting er­rat­i­cally on his ground­strokes. At one point, he walked to­ward his chair af­ter float­ing a serve across the net with­out even wait­ing for Zverev’s re­turn. Late in the match, Kyr­gios also re­sponded an­grily to a fan who crit­i­cized him by shout­ing back, “You want to come here and play?” He was booed and jeered sev­eral times. The fiery Kyr­gios is known for his on-court tirades and fre­quent bat­tles with um­pires and fans. Last year, he also in­sulted a player, Stan Wawrinka, dur­ing a match in Mon­treal. Kyr­gios re­ceived $12,500 in fines for his be­hav­ior in that match, as well as a pos­si­ble 28day sus­pen­sion and a fur­ther $25,000 fine if he picked up any other ma­jor of­fenses over the fol­low­ing six months. That pro­ba­tion pe­riod ended in Fe­bru­ary. Top-ranked No­vak Djokovic said yes­ter­day that Kyr­gios has some “life lessons to learn.” “Not many great things are spo­ken about him lately,” Djokovic said. “I’m sorry to hear that, be­cause I share the opin­ion of many play­ers and many peo­ple in the ten­nis world that he’s one of the great­est tal­ents the game has seen lately.”

Aus­tralia's Nick Kyr­gios re­acts af­ter get­ting a point against Gael Mon­fils of France dur­ing the semi­fi­nal match of Ja­pan Open ten­nis cham­pi­onships in Tokyo. Kyr­gios was booed dur­ing a list­less 6-3, 6-1 loss to Mis­cha Zverev at the Shang­hai Mas­ters, then an­grily de­fended his be­hav­ior by say­ing he didn't owe the spec­ta­tors any­thing and fans could "just leave" if they didn't like his at­ti­tude. Photo: AP

Tyson Fury's box­ing ca­reer could be over af­ter the reign­ing IBF, WBO and WBA heavy­weight cham­pion an­nounced his re­tire­ment in a profanity-filled tweet on Mon­day Photo: AP

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