Kyr­gios booed as he quits Shang­hai in first round

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Si­mon Briggs TEN­NIS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Just a day after an­nounc­ing that he had dis­cov­ered new mo­ti­va­tion for play­ing ten­nis, Nick Kyr­gios found him­self at the cen­tre of an­other storm. He re­tired in the mid­dle of his first-round match against Steve John­son in Shang­hai, then posted an apol­ogy on so­cial me­dia say­ing that he had been suf­fer­ing from a stom­ach bug.

Kyr­gios re­tired from the match after los­ing the first set 7-6. Dur­ing the tie-break, he re­ceived a point penalty, and re­sponded by say­ing that he would quit if he went on to lose the breaker. He was as good as his word, com­ing briskly to the net to shake hands amid a cho­rus of boos. Kyr­gios per­formed his most no­to­ri­ous tank (ten­nis speak for giv­ing up on court) in Shang­hai last year.

Yes­ter­day, he told his so­cial-me­dia fol­low­ers: “I have been bat­tling a stom­ach bug for the past 24 hours. I was re­ally strug­gling. I was just not strong enough to con­tinue be­cause I’ve not eaten for 24 hours.”

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