“Nick Kyrgios will have to pay $16,500 in fines for his bizarre actions at the Shanghai Masters.
The Australian tennis player received one of the largest fines of his career on Friday for his lack of effort and argumentative behavior during his second-round match. He was fined the maximum $10,000 for showing a ”lack of best efforts” in a match, $5,000 for verbal abuse of a spectator and $1,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.”
On Friday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic said he believed Kyrgios has some ”life lessons to learn.”
”Not many great things are spoken about him lately,” Djokovic said. ”I’m sorry to hear that, because I share the opinion of many players and many people in the tennis world that he’s one of the greatest talents the game has seen lately.”
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“We wanted to hold [Kyrgios] to his contract,” the Dutchman told the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting.
“You see what can happens when he is tired and [tennis] has little meaning, as in China. We do not want that. So we decided to terminate his contract. We want a top tennis player seen on the court. Kyrgios prefers his passion beyond his profession.
“If every week he is focused on tennis, he might be mentally burned out after six months. He needs an outlet.”