Nick Kyrgios: Australian Tennis Star Banned For ‘Lack Of Best Efforts’

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been banned from competing for eight weeks and fined by the ATP for his behavior at the Shanghai Masters last week.

The 21-year-old, who was fined $25,000 (£20,500), was handed the punishment for his “lack of best efforts” due to patting the ball over the net when serving a number of times during his defeat to Mischa Zverev.

The 6-3 6-1 loss to the Russian also included Kyrgios walking back to his chair before his opponent’s serve had even landed.

Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre, Shanghai, October 12. Kyrgios has been banned by the ATP for eight weeks for his conduct at the championship. Lintao Zhang/Getty

Kyrgios has already issued a statement of apology. He said he would use the time to “improve on and off the court.”