AUSTRALIAN tennis player Nick Kyrgios has once again found himself in hot water.
The 20-year-old has received his third code violation in the space of a week, during his second round clash with Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the Shanghai Tennis Masters.
Kyrgios didn’t start things off too well, being warned by chair umpire Mohamed Layhani for bellowing “f***ing ridiculous” during a point in the second set.
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At 4-5 in the second set, a frustrated Kyrgios then responded to a fault call on his first serve by furiously belting the Nishikori return back down the middle of the court, narrowly missing the line judge, who jumped out of the way.
“How can you give me a conduct warning for that? I didn’t hit anyone. It was about this far [an arm’s length] away,” Kyrgios responded, before demanding the tournament supervisor intervene.
Lahyani replied: “But he had to jump out of the way. For me, it’s dangerous. It’s risky”.
Kyrgios is currently serving a six-month suspended sentence for his unsavoury sledging of French Open champion Stan Wawrinka at the Montreal Masters in August.
He continues to play under the threat of a 28-day ban — from regular tour-level play rather than grand slam events — that will be invoked if he incurs any fines for verbal or physical abuse or sanctions totalling more than $US5000 at ATP tournaments until February 24.
Kyrgios went on to lose the point, the game and the set, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.