Three days after winning the biggest title of his career, Australian Men’s Tennis player, Nick Kyrgios landed himself in hot water yet again, when he lost his Shanghai Rolex Masters second round match to the German qualifier Mischa Zverev, 6-3 6-1 in 48 minutes today.
Down 3-1 in the first set, Kyrgios tapped his serve over the net and started walking to his chair allowing Zverev an easy winner to break serve. His antics continued in the second set and he was eventually reprimanded by the umpire and booed by the crowd. A spectator yelled “Respect the game” to which Kyrgios shouted back, “You want to come here and play?”
Kyrgios put his listless performance down to mental fatigue and a sore arm, but still engaged in more controversy when he was quoted as saying “I’m good at hitting a tennis ball at the net. Big deal. I don’t owe them anything. If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave.”
Kyrgios later took to Twitter to apologise – “Not good enough today on many levels, I’m better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry #StillAWorkInProgress”