ATP hits Kyrgios with fine for ‘lack of best effort’

SHANGHAI — Nick Kyrgios has been fined $16,500 for violating the ATP Code of Conduct, stemming from his behavior and effort during a listless second-round loss to.Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters.

The ATP announced Thursday that Kyrgios received the maximum possible fine of $10,000 for showing a “lack of best efforts” in the match, as well as a $5,000 fine for the verbal abuse of a spectator and a $1,500 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Kyrgios rushed through his 6-3, 6-1 loss to Zverev on Wednesday without putting much effort behind his serves or groundstrokes. At one point, he walked toward his chair after floating a serve across the net without even waiting for Zverev to return it.

The Australian, known for his on-court antics, also argued with a fan who questioned his sportsmanship during the match.

While the crowd was booing and jeering Kyrgios, one man yelled, “Respect the game.” A furious Kyrgios shouted back, “You want to come here and play?”

Asked later whether he thought he owed the spectators a better effort, Kyrgios turned defiant again.

“What does that even mean? I’m good at hitting a tennis ball at the net. Big deal. I don’t owe them anything,” he said. “If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch. Just leave.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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