Australia’s Nick Kyrgios made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after a tame 6-3 6-1 loss to German qualifier, Mischa Zverev.
Kyrgios had said the previous day that he sometimes got bored of the sport, and he appeared uninterested at times against Zverev, patting the ball over the net several times when serving, and walking back to his chair before a serve from the German qualifier had landed.
Kyrgios also argued with a fan, and received a code violation for swearing.
The 21-year-old, who last week claimed his biggest career title at the Japan Open, later admitted that he took the easy way out, but he questioned the fans who had booed him on court.
“If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave. If you’re so good at giving advice and so good at tennis, why aren’t you as good as me? Why aren’t you on the Tour?”, Kyrgios asked.
He came into Shanghai still with a chance of qualifying for the prestigious World Tour Finals, but the controversial Australian said he “couldn’t care less” if he reached the season-ending event in London.
Kyrgios is currently placed 12th in the Race to London, with the top 8 players qualifying for the tournament.