October 10th, 2017
Photo: Nick Kyrgios received a fine of $25,000, and was suspended for eight ATP tournament weeks following his conduct at the 2016 Shanghai Masters
BBC SPORT – Nick Kyrgios was booed off court at the Shanghai Masters after going through with a threat to quit his match if he lost the first-set tie-break.
The Australian lost the tie-break 7-5 to Steve Johnson soon after receiving a warning for smashing two balls out of court in frustration at a line call.
He was also given a point penalty for an audible obscenity in the first-round match.
At the same tournament last year he was fined for his behaviour and banned.
The 13th seed was heard to say he would quit against Johnson if he lost the tie-break and, after his opponent served an ace on his first set point, Kyrgios walked over to shake hands.
Umpire Fergus Murphy asked the Australian if he needed medical help before the player walked off court to boos from spectators.
The incident comes just two days after the temperamental Kyrgios lost to Rafael Nadal in the final of the China Open after becoming frustrated by a line call in the first set.
At last year’s Shanghai Masters, Kyrgios argued with the umpire and a spectator during a match with Mischa Zverev. He was fined $16,500 (拢13,533) for his behaviour, which included “lack of best efforts”, and served a three-week tournament ban.
Meanwhile, British number two Aljaz Bedene reached the second round in Shanghai after beating Italian world number 39 Paolo Lorenzi in straight sets.
The 28-year-old won 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 13 minutes and will now face German third seed Alexander Zverev, who was given a first-round bye.
British number three Kyle Edmund will play Croatian fourth seed Marin Cilic in the second round on Tuesday.
Edmund beat Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-2 in one hour and seven minutes to set up the tie with the 2014 US Open champion.