Nick Kyrgios fined almost $40K for Shanghai Masters walk-off

Nick Kyrgios has been fined almost $40,000 after storming off the court at the Shanghai Masters.

The Australian picked up his bag and walked off after losing the first set 7-6 (7-5) in a tiebreaker to Steve Johnson.

He took to Twitter to apologise following the opening match, citing a stomach bug for the walk-off.


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“Guys, I want to apologise to the fans in Shanghai and those that watched around the world on TV today,” he wrote.

“I’ve been battling a stomach bug for 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 have not eaten much in the past 24 hours.

“I’m gutted to be honest as I was keen to keep the good momentum that I built in Beijing going and finish the year strong.

“I’ll do what I can to make sure I do.”

However, the 22-year-old was caught by TV cameras telling his courtside box that he would quit after the first set over decisions made by the umpire.

Kyrgios was fined his first-round prize money of $27,071, as well as an additional $12,840 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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