Nick Kyrgios issued with code violation for obscenity in Shanghai Masters win
Nick Kyrgios has continued his flirtation with the suspended six-month ban issued by the ATP, having received his second code violation warning in a week – this one for an audible obscenity during a colourful, almost-farcical, winning debut at the Shanghai Masters on Monday.
Kyrgios’ frustrations percolated from early in the 6-3, 6-2 opening round defeat of Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer that he branded “a circus” and “unbelievable”, declaring “I hate this place” during a running commentary that bounced around the near-empty Grandstand court at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre.
A cameraman was ejected after multiple warnings for talking on the side of the court during points, there were issues with ball-kids, noisy commentary audio could be heard in the early stages and Kyrgios several times struggled with his footing behind the baseline.
It was the latter issue that eventually led to the warning from chair umpire Carlos Bernardes in the second game of the second set, when the world No 32 had run to attempt a forehand winner down the line on break point, and blamed the “f … ing surface” he had also criticised in set one. Haider-Maurer’s complaints were generally less audible but still apparent; the world No.60’s biggest statement was to belt a ball out of the stadium to earn a code violation of his own.
In unusual scenes, when Bernard Tomic arrived to watch the second set and took a seat in front of Kyrgios’ mother Nil, the younger Australian turned to his Davis Cup teammate in the opening game and said: “Mate, it’s an absolute circus. Cameraman’s been talking in the middle of a point … Ball-kids … It’s just unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it.” The friends practised together after the match.
Kyrgios also became irritated by the standard of the inexperienced ball-kids, several of whom were unsure where to stand, delivered unwanted balls to the players, and struggled to get enough of them to the server’s end. He asked one ball-girl if she was awake, and after one of the delays the man who generally wastes little time between points said: “What’s going on here? Wait 15 minutes to hit the first serve!”
It was, nevertheless, an encouraging enough start to the tournament in a tennis sense for Kyrgios, who broke serve with the help of two Haider-Maurer double faults in the opening game, and cracked a backhand crosscourt winner for the decisive 4-2 lead in the second set before closing out the match.
Having taken a brief break from a game after being overlooked by mutual agreement for Australia’s Davis Cup semi-final, Kyrgios has now compiled a 6-2 record since his return, by reaching the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur and the quarter-finals of the Japan Open last week.
The ATP’s disciplining of Kyrgios following the Wawrinka sledging incident ensures he will now be given a one-month suspension if he receives another fine for verbal or physical misconduct, or fines totaling more than US$5,000 within the next six months at ATP tournaments. The probation began in August.