Kyrgios booed as he quits Shanghai in first round
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.”