The Australian appeared to refrain from returning serves, while showing minimum effort during his own service game
Nick Kyrgios is no stranger to controversy.
The Australian has been pulled up on numerous occasions for his on-court behavior, whether it be sledging his opponents or making inappropriate comments to members of his own entourage.
Today, during the first round of the Shanghai Masters, the 21-year-old made headlines again after appearing to refrain from returning shots and showed little or not effort during his own service game in a match against Mischa Zverev.
Nick Kyrgios just threw away a match in Shanghai with serves such as this. Pathetic pic.twitter.com/v2N5G02Nt0— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) October 12, 2016
Nick Kyrgios: The Mario Balotelli of the tennis world pic.twitter.com/NqiHp2ehdQ— Max Bentley (@MaxBentley1) October 12, 2016
Kyrgios now risks a fine for his conduct and even asked during the match if they could "finish this", showing clear disinterest in the whole thing. The match ended in a 6-3, 6-1 defeat for the Australian and he later apologised for his actions, admitting there was 'no excuse' for his actions.
Not good enough today on many levels, I'm better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry #StillAWorkInProgress 🙏🏽😢😞— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 12, 2016
"I don’t owe them anything," he said after the match referring to the fans. "It’s my choice. 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? You want to buy a ticket? Come watch me. You know I’m unpredictable. It’s your choice. I don’t owe you anything. Doesn’t affect how I sleep at night."
He even had an exchange with a fan during the game:
Spectator: "You gotta respect the game, Nick."— NiGraber (@audiolympics) October 12, 2016
"You wanna come down here and play? Shut up, sit down and watch."
This is not the first time he has refused to make an effort during a match. In 2015, during a match against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon, the world number 29 didn't return a number of points as a protest after receiving a code violation for swearing.