Kyr­gios slapped with fine

Sport360 - - News Tennis - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 edi­to­

Nick Kyr­gios has been stripped of his first-round prize money and fined an ad­di­tional $10,000 (Dh36,700) after his con­tro­ver­sial Shang­hai Mas­ters re­tire­ment.

The Aus­tralian left op­po­nent Steve John­son and um­pire Fer­gus Mur­phy baf­fled when he shook hands and walked off court after los­ing the first set tie-break on Tues­day.

Kyr­gios had be­come in­creas­ingly un­happy with Mur­phy and, after be­ing given a point penalty for an au­di­ble ob­scen­ity dur­ing the tiebreak, was heard to say he would quit if he lost the tie-break.

The 22-year-old later blamed a stom­ach bug but did not seek med­i­cal help on court and then went against ATP Tour rules by not hav­ing a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment.

That has re­sulted in him los­ing the $21,085 he would have earned in prize money.

The point penalty fol­lowed an ear­lier warn­ing for smash­ing two balls an­grily out of court, for which Kyr­gios has been fined $10,000 for un­sports­man­like con­duct.

Ex­plain­ing his with­drawal, Kyr­gios wrote on Twit­ter: “I want to apol­o­gise to the fans in Shang­hai and those that watched around the world on TV to­day.

‘’I’ve been bat­tling a stom­ach bug for the last 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.”

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