Thu, Oct 13, 8:19am by Senior Writer
Nick Kyrgios was at it again on Thursday in the Shanghai Open. Once again carrying on like a spoilt teenager. His shameful antics at the Shanghai Masters has prompted online bookmakers sportsbet.com.au to refund bets to punters who backed the tennis brat.
Midway through the opening set came the low point of the performance came when Kyrgios lobbed a soft serve into play and didn’t even wait for the return, walking off the court before his opponent had hit the ball.
During the 6-3 6-1 loss to Mischa Zverev of Germany, a qualifier ranked almost 100 places behind Kyrgios at 110th in the world, the chair umpire Ali Nili also made comment.
“Nick … You can’t play like that, OK? That’s not professional … this is a professional tournament, we have to act professional and play with your best effort the whole time.”
At the following break in play Kyrgios spoke back to the umpire saying ‘can you call time so I can finish this match and go home?’
The exchange to the umpire which was audible on TV was just another incident in the bizarre match.
The 21-year-old also argued with fans who were jeering him over his lack of effort. Audible boos came for the Aussie from the small crowd.
The obvious lack of effort from the Aussie prompted the bookie to take the unusual decision to hand punters back their cash.
Over $10,000 dollars to over 100 customers was refunded by Sportsbet.
“Another temper tantrum from nasty Nick was not what anyone who backed him expected so we’ve done the right thing by our punters and given them back their cash that they placed on him in good faith,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.
“In other betting news we’ve stopped taking bets on who the Tool of 2016 is and have paid out early on Nick”.
It’s so sad to see Nick wasting his talent but it has got to the point where some pundits are starting to question the world number 14’s mental capacity. Amazingly, he was still a chance to make the year ending ATP World Tour Finals in London where the top eight seeds battle it out for one of the most prestigious events on the tennis calendar.
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