Nick Kyrgios failed a match on purpose, got fined and took a shot at fans

Wednesday was an odd day in the tennis world.

That’s putting it lightly, too. Nick Kyrgios had a match with Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters, which he lost 6-3, 6-1. A rough loss, but the score doesn’t do the talking.

Kyrgios didn’t try at all, which caused the ATP to come down hard on him with a $16,500 fine.

The total came about in quite the interesting fashion, as ESPN explained:

The ATP announced Thursday that Kyrgios received the maximum possible fine of $10,000 for showing a “lack of best efforts” in the match, as well as a $5,000 fine for the verbal abuse of a spectator and a $1,500 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The verbal abuse came during and after the game. Again, in odd fashion:

While the crowd was booing and jeering Kyrgios, one man yelled, “Respect the game.” A furious Kyrgios shouted back, “You want to come here and play?”

In a post-match interview:

“What does that even mean? I’m good at hitting a tennis ball at the net. Big deal. I don’t owe them anything,” he said. “If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave.”

A bit of the action, for those who care to watch:

Kyrgios later took to Twitter to apologize:

This is a terrible look by one of the game’s up-and-coming stars. It doesn’t sound like fans will get an explanation, either.

Whether he wanted it or not, Kyrgios just made himself one of the more polarizing players in tennis.

Chris Roling

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Chris is an Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism graduate and associate editor here at TSD. He also covers breaking news and the NFL at Bleacher Report and resides in Athens (OH) with his wife and two dogs.