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Kyrgios fined £13,500 for ‘lack of best efforts’ in Shanghai

Nick Krygios

Kyrgios won the Japan Open earlier this month

Nick Kyrgios has been fined $16,500 (£13,533) for his behaviour – including “lack of best efforts” – during his Shanghai Masters defeat on Wednesday.

The Australian world number 14 lost 6-3 6-1 to 110th-ranked Mischa Zverev of Germany in the second round.

Kyrgios, 21, patted the ball over the net several times when serving and began walking back to his chair before a serve from Zverev had landed.

He was also fined for abusing a spectator and unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Kyrgios received a code violation for swearing during the match and argued with a member of the crowd.

The ATP decided to issue the maximum $10,000 (£8,192) fine for breaching its code of conduct regarding “lack of best efforts”.

Having been booed by the crowd, Kyrgios admitted he “took the easy way out” and “tapped out a little bit” against Zverev.

However, the Australian said he did not “owe them anything”.

It came a day after Kyrgios said he was “bored” during his first-round victory over Sam Querrey.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/37644974