Nick Kyrgios has been fined £7,500 by the ATP after walking off the court during his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. Kyrgios packed his bag and left the court after losing the first set 7-6 (5) to Steve Johnson on Tuesday. Kyrgios loses £16,000 in prize money for unsporting conduct. According to ATP Tour rules, it is mandatory to be examined by a physician if injured.
Kyrgios later took to social media to explain he was ill and not just fed up of playing after his loss to Steve Johnson.
The 13th seed also offered an apology on Twitter and said he had stomach bug and sore shoulder.
“Guys, I want to apologise to the fans in Shanghai and those that watched around the world on TV today. I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the past 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today which I think was pretty evident from the first point”.
“My shoulder started to hurt in the practice today which didn’t help either and once I lost the first set I was just not strong enough to continue because I’ve not eaten much the past 24 hours”.
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“I’m hoping to be okay for the doubles and will make a decision tomorrow morning, hopefully off of a good night’s sleep which I didn’t get last night!”
Kyrgios has also withdrawn from the doubles event.