Shanghai - Controversial Australian Nick
Kyrgios snapped "that's just crap!" at the umpire on Wednesday as he
earned his third code violation in a week when he smashed away a loose ball and
nearly hit a line judge.
Kyrgios, 20, was left fuming by the
decision at the climax of the second set as he slumped from a dominant start to
a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat by Kei Nishikori in the Shanghai Masters second round.
Kyrgios also picked up a code violation for
yelling "Fucking surface!" in the first round and was later fined $1 500
for the audible obscenity as he veers dangerously close to triggering a
The Australian was handed a suspended ban
in August for making a sexual slur during a Rogers Cup match about the
girlfriend of his opponent at the time, Stan Wawrinka.
But he will have to serve the ban if he
picks up $5 000 in fines before February 24. Tennis officials will review the
latest incident before deciding whether they will fine Kyrgios again.
Tuesday's flare-up was not the first row
between Kyrgios and umpire Mohamed Lahyani, after the Australian had to deny
calling the official "dirty scum" during a match at this year's
At the end of the second set in Shanghai, a
frustrated Kyrgios slapped away a bouncing ball with a huge backhand which
nearly hit the central line judge, who had to take evasive action.
"This for me is too dangerous, you hit
it so hard," Lahyani said as they argued during the changeover.
Kyrgios protested: "I didn't even hit
anyone but it's unsportsmanlike? The ref wasn't even close to it... well let's
just look at the tape because that's just crap."
Kyrgios repeatedly sparred with Lahyani and
at one point shouted: "Water bro, water!" at a startled ball boy as a
quietly impressive win for Nishikori was overshadowed by histrionics.
Australian legend Rod Laver was courtside
and taking pictures of the action as the match unfolded. Kyrgios also picked up
a code violation at last week's Japan Open for hitting a ball into the roof.