KYRGIOS COPS MASSIVE FINE AFTER DRAMATIC WALK-OFF

Walks out on Shanghai Masters

KYRGIOS COPS MASSIVE FINE AFTER DRAMATIC WALK-OFF

By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @nkyrgios/Facebook

Nick Kyrgios has been fined almost $40,000 for walking out on the Shanghai Masters, but has dodged suspension.

The ATP said $12,840 was for unsportsmanlike conduct and $27,071 was for failing to see a doctor.

It’s after the Canberran packed his bag and left the court following that first set loss to American Steve Johnson on Tuesday.

He was booed from the court by the crowd.

Hours after the dramatic walk-off, he posted an apology on social media.

He blames a stomach bug and shoulder injury for his retirement, despite TV footage and audio showing him telling the courtside box he’d quit if he lost the first set, in an apparent protest over umpire decisions.

On Wednesday, Kyrgios also withdrew from the doubles tournament in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios has been confirmed to play at the Brisbane International.

Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan said while it’s too early to comment about what happened at the Shanghai Masters, they’re thrilled Kyrgios will be joining them for the 2018 event.

“He’s one of the most talented players on tour and played well here with the Davis Cup team,” he said.

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