Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Kyrgios in trouble with tennis officials again

Kyrgios ousted in Shanghai Masters Nick Kyrgios rows with umpire in surprise Shanghai Masters exit
Rita Gibson | 11 October, 2018, 20:18

The day featured most of the opening round singles matches, providing some fine exhibition of tennis throughout the day's play.

Nick Kyrgios was involved in an argument with umpire Damien Dumusois during his first-round exit at the Shanghai Masters... the Australian is no stranger to drama in China's biggest city. There was Stan Wawrinka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gale Monfils, Nick Kyrgios and local rising star Yibing Wu to garner attention, which they did, for the most part.

Chair umpire Dumusois told Kyrgios at some point in the second set that it was "really borderline", suggesting a lack of effort which Kyrgios replied to, "I don't care".

"We don't really know and I don't think he really knows exactly what his potential is".

"It hasn't been the year he'd like and I think next year it's about a focus on slams and actually performing and going deep in those", he said.

"I think it's really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds", said the 20-time Grand Slam victor. However, the American dominated the match and won the next 2-sets 6-4 and 6-3.

Kyrgios was infuriated by the French chair umpire's comment, ultimately threatening him with action.

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A year ago he was fined $10,000 and forfeited his first-round loser's cheque following a decision to walk off after losing the first set against Steve Johnson.

Later, after belting down an ace, Kyrgios sarcastically asked Dumusois: "Was that borderline?"

Anyone, tennis follower or not, who watches Kyrgios will be impressed by his athleticism, ball striking and creativity on the court.

The year before, Kyrgios was fined and subsequently banned from the ATP tour for eight weeks after being accused of tanking in a second-round loss to Mischa Zverev in 2016. Kyrgios, who lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Klahn, has previously courted controversy at the same event.

Kyrgios, who this week lost his status as Australia's number one to 33rd-ranked Alex de Minaur, has a chequered history in Shanghai.

This most recent Shanghai meltdown comes after Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was suspended for giving the Aussie a mid-match pep talk in his second-round US Open win.

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