Nick Kyrgios has been handed a £7,500 fine and had £16,000 of prize money taken away for unsporting conduct after his retirement at the Shanghai Masters.
Kyrgios stormed off the court during his first round match against Steve Johnson earlier in the week. His actions were met with boos and jeers and came after he lost the first set on a tie-break against Johnson.
The player was then prevented from collecting his prize for taking part in the Masters 1000 tournament because he failed to get signed off in order to prove he was unwell or injured.
Kyrgios also pulled out of his scheduled doubles encounter and he took to social media to try and explain his actions.
He posted a statement on Twitter, which was quickly delated, saying that he had a stomach bug and that he also picked up a shoulder injury during practice ahead of his match against Johnson.
The Tweet said, “Guys I want to apologise to the fans in Shanghai and those that watched around the world on TV today. I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the last 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today, which I think was pretty evident from the first point. My shoulder started to hurt in the practice today, which didn’t help either, and once I lost the first set I was just not strong enough to continue because I’ve not eaten much for the past 24 hours.”
It went on to say that he hopes to be okay for the doubles match after a “good night’s sleep” and he said that he was “gutted” about having to abandon the match.
Kyrgios was also involved in a disagreement with the spectators and was given a point penalty for the second match in a row due to his behaviour on court.