Nick Kyrgios has been find a $16 500 for tanking his match at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.
The Australian – who has a habit for making headlines for all the wrong reasons – was fined for three offences during his second round defeat to Mischa Zverev.
Kyrgios copped a $10 000 fine for ‘lack of best efforts’, another $5000 for verbally abusing a spectator and finally $1500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Nick Kyrgios: The Mario Balotelli of the tennis world pic.twitter.com/NqiHp2ehdQ
— Max Bentley (@MaxBentley1) October 12, 2016
The 21-year-old failed to compete during certain points with his German opponent, often walking off the court before Zverev had won the point.
Kyrgios also had a heated exchange with the chair umpire after receiving a code violation for swearing and had a verbal spat with a spectator in the dying embers of the game.
He tried to defend some of his actions after the match, saying of his clashes with the crowd:
“I feel like if they knew what they were talking about they’d be on the tennis court and being successful,” he said.
?? it never ends
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 13, 2016
“I can’t really understand it at all. They don’t know what I’m going through.
“If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave. If you’re so good at giving advice and so good at tennis, why aren’t you as good as me? Why aren’t you on the tour?”