After winning his third title of the season in Japan last weekend, 21-year-old tennis star Nick Kyrgios decided to take a vacation. One problem: His vacation came during a tournament in Shanghai.
Kyrgios tanked a match against Mischa Zverev on Wednesday, losing 6-3, 6-1 in 48 minutes. He hit serves that floated over the net slower than 70 miles an hour, blasted forehands 15 feet long and, at one point, walked to his chair before Zverev returned a cream-puff serve.
Chair umpire Ali Nili wasn’t pleased. “Nick, you can’t play like that, OK?” he said. “It’s just not professional.”
In the final game of the match, Kyrgios lashed out at a fan as the crowd booed. “Why don’t you come here and play?” Kyrgios shouted. “You know why? Because you’re not very good, that’s why.”
Kyrgios, an Australian ranked No. 14 in the world, responded critically to fans after the match, telling reporters, “If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come watch.” He later apologized on Twitter, where he wrote: “Not good enough today on many levels, I’m better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry.”