Kyrgios suffers another early Shanghai exit

Kyrgios was unhappy at being warned by the umpire for a lack of effort in his defeat in three sets against Klahn yesterday

Kyrgios was unhappy at being warned by the umpire for a lack of effort in his defeat in three sets against Klahn yesterday

Nick Kyrgios's effort is under the microscope again after an umpire suggested a point during his first-round Shanghai Masters defeat was "really borderline".

The Australian, who at times appeared largely disinterested in his three-set loss to American qualifier Bradley Klahn on Monday fired back by telling chair umpire Damien Dumusois he "didn't care" for his opinion and "you have no right to tell me that it's poor". "I'm actually stronger. I feel stronger", Tsitsipas told the ATP's official website. You realise that, right?

The two continued to discuss at the following change of ends as the Australian questioned whether the umpire meant borderline good or bad.

"You know exactly what I meant, Nick".

"When he's fresh we don't see him "leave the court" so to speak where his eyes wander; when he's playing fresh he's got the opponents in his sights".

At another moment Kyrgios served an ace past Klahn and asked Dumusois: "Was that borderline poor?".

"I think it's really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds", the 20-time Grand Slam victor said. "But when they get aced ... it's fine right, they walk side to side, it's fine", Kyrgios ranted to his box.

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"I could literally just say I couldn't play after that because I just felt put down".

The Shanghai Masters has been a particularly unhappy hunting ground for Kyrgios over the years, with this being the fourth year in a row that he has stoked controversy at the competition.

He was fined previous year after walking off the court during his first-round match.

Nick Kyrgios left the court, phone in hand.

And in 2015, he was fined USD1,500 for using obscenities during a match and calling the event a "circus".

During his second-round match at the US Open in August, Kyrgios was given a pep-talk by umpire Mohamed Lahyani when he was trailing Pierre-Hugues Herbert by a set and a break.

Kyrgios, who this week lost his status as Australia's No. 1 to 33rd-ranked Alex de Minaur, has a chequered history in Shanghai.

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