Umpire criticises Nick Kyrgios’ ‘borderline’ effort at Shanghai Masters

Doug Mendoza
October 11, 2018

Umpire Damien Dumusois questioned the effort of Kyrgios, telling him at one stage early in the second set he was "really borderline", which upset the world No 38 who then continued to verbal the official. There was Stan Wawrinka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gale Monfils, Nick Kyrgios and local rising star Yibing Wu to garner attention, which they did, for the most part.

"I'm not going to do it, but I'm just saying".

The verbal sparring continued at the next change of ends as Kyrgios queried whether he meant "borderline good or bad" and was told "you know exactly what I meant, Nick".

"I think it's really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds", the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Federer, said.

"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".

It's the latest incident for the 23-year-old but, until this point, his 2018 season overall has been a big improvement in behavior.

He later cautioned the umpire for his comments towards him.

Kyrgios was fined after he stormed off mid-way through his first-round exit in the event a year ago, while in 2016 he argued with spectators and was accused of giving away points in another defeat.

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"When I get aced ... very poor, like it's poor behaviour".

Dumusois' comments, which appeared to suggest a lack of effort, prompted Kyrgios to respond: "I don't care. you have no right to tell me that it's poor". It is the third successive year in which the Australian has gone out of the tournament in controversial fashion.

Anyone, tennis follower or not, who watches Kyrgios will be impressed by his athleticism, ball striking and creativity on the court.

In 2016, he copped a $16,500 fine following a straight sets to Germany's Mischa Zverev.

Last month, umpire Mohamed Lahyani was suspended from his next two scheduled tournaments after trying to encourage Kyrgios during a match at the US Open.

Fritz, a qualifier in Shanghai who is ranked 60th in the world, also had 14 aces.

Last week, Kyrgios ceded his spot as Australia's highest-ranked male player to Alex de Minaur following a defeat at the Japan Open.

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