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ATP fines Nick Kyrgios for behavior, lack of effort during Shanghai Masters

Nadal has been hampered by injury problems despite competing at the China Open this week Nadal has been hampered by injury problems despite competing at the China Open this week
Elettra Stolfi | 16 Ottobre, 2016, 17:42

It's my choice. If you don't like it, I didn't ask you to come watch.

The combustible world number 14 received the maximum US$10,000 fine for "lack of best efforts", plus US$5,000 for abusing a spectator and another US$1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

According to AP, the display prompted one fan to yell out, "respect the game". You don't want to see young guys who are in the spotlight, struggling and making mistakes, doing things that ultimately hurt them.

Afterward, he defended his behavior by saying he didn't owe the spectators anything and fans could "just leave" if they didn't like his attitude. Kyrgios also bypassed his chair on changeovers and waited impatiently for play to resume.

A contrite Kyrgios did apologise via Twitter a few hours after his defeat. "Had to. dig myself out of the hole", said Djokovic, who hit 18 unforced errors in an opening set in which he admitted his ball-striking was poor and his feet anchored.

Kyrgios later apologised for the Shanghai meltdown when he tweeted: "Not good enough today on many levels, I m better than that". I can go on about excuses but there are none.

"Instead of the occasional tantrum that I used to have, I hope it's behind me, so I would switch that vibration and transform it into a tune", said the world No. 1.

Djokovic has struggled with motivation and injury problems in the second half of the season after claiming the Australian and French Open titles, but he remained on course to defend the title he won previous year with another routine victory.

"You're trying to reach that balance, I guess, between being concentrated but yet at the same time being kind of calm and relaxed and enjoying the moment. Sorry." He added the hashtag, "StillAWorkInProgress".

And Djokovic, having beaten Vasek Pospisil to set up a meeting with Zverev in the last eight of the ATP 1000 event, was disappointed to learn of Kyrgios' latest transgression. He has hired a fitness trainer to improve his conditioning, but has been without a coach for over a year.

He received $12,500 in fines, as well as a suspended 28-day ban and a potential further $25,000 fine if he picked up any other major offences over the following six months.

But speculation about their partnership has grown since the Serb suffered a crisis of motivation and a series of injuries since completing a career Grand Slam at the French Open. "He's got a lot of thinking to do, a lot of work to do".

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