Kyrgios courts more trouble in Shanghai Masters exit
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Australian Nick Kyrgios caused more on-court controversy in his defeat by unseeded German Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday with a listless performance that could land him in trouble with the ATP.
Zverev, 29, took just 48 minutes to beat number 12 seed Kyrgios, who had appeared uninterested throughout the second-round clash, putting in a series of half-hearted serves and barely moving to meet his opponent's returns.
The Australian also clashed with spectators before being booed off the court after losing 6-3 6-1.
At one point, Kyrgios, who reached a career-high 14th in the world on Sunday after winning the Japan Open, appeared to be walking off court before Zverev had returned a ball to him.
Kyrgios, later apologized on his Twitter account.
"Not good enough today on many levels, I'm better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry," wrote Kyrgios, who had also courted controversy during his opening-round win against American Sam Querrey on Tuesday, when he had said he was bored.
During his match with Zverev, Kyrgios became embroiled in an angry exchange with a fan who told him to "respect the game" and "respect the people".
The world number 12 replied: "You want to come here and play? Sit down and shut up and watch."
Kyrgios told a news conference afterwards that he did not owe spectators anything. Continued...