Kyrgios Walks Off Court, Isner Saves MP; Federer, Nadal Wed In Shanghai
by Staff | October 10th, 2017, 5:08 pm

After dropping the first set 7-6(5) to American Steve Johnson, Nick Kyrgios decided the best thing to do was to walk off the court. And that’s what the controversial did.

With no reason apparent the time, Kyrgios later released a statement that he was suffering from a stomach bug.

“Guys, I want to apologise to the fans in Shanghai and those that watched around the world on TV. I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the past 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 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 in the past 24 hours,” he added.

”I‘m hoping to be okay for the doubles and will make a decision tomorrow morning, hopefully off of a good night’s sleep which I didn’t get last night. I‘m gutted to be honest to be honest as I was keen to keep the good momentum that I built in Beijing going and finish the year strong. I’ll do what I can to make sure I do.”

Of course, Kyrgios left Shanghai in shame a year ago after tanking to Mischa Zverev. Now this. Let’s see if any fines or punishment follows.

In other matches, it was a good day for big men as Sam Querrey, Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and John Isner all advanced. Isner had a save a match point in 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win over Dusan Lajovic.

And some of the younger stars took it on the chin. Kyle Edmund lost to Cilic, Lucas Pouille fell to Fabio Fognini, Rublev lost to Del Potro, Hyeong Chung was defeated by Richard Gasquet and Denis Shapovalov fell apart in a 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 loss to Viktor Troicki.

On Wednesday, former champion Roger Federer and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal headline play along with Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov.

Federer, who meets the improving Diego Schwartzman, says he’s happy and healthy.

“I had good practice after the Laver Cup,” Federer said. “I played well there. And then came early to Tokyo and here since Thursday night. I have arrived as early as ever here in Shanghai for the tournament, and, you know, have been practicing for hours on the center court. Have been kept busy, as well, which gets me into the right mindset, to be quite honest, because I’m here for a reason, here for a purpose, trying to do well, hopefully winning the tournament.

“It’s definitely one of the goals of the season for me here, this tournament. I always make it as a priority that I will be in good shape for Shanghai, and then the rest sort of takes care of itself after that: Basel, the indoor season, and London. I’m happy I’m here and happy I’m healthy. So that’s good.”

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
R. Harrison (USA) vs [6] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
A. Bedene (GBR) vs [3] A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs J. Donaldson (USA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

UNION PAY 3 start 1:00 pm
[10] S. Querrey (USA) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)
[8] D. Goffin (BEL) vs G. Simon (FRA)
[Q] S. Tsitsipas (GRE) vs [12] J. Isner (USA)
[5] D. Thiem (AUT) vs V. Troicki (SRB)

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11 Comments for Kyrgios Walks Off Court, Isner Saves MP; Federer, Nadal Wed In Shanghai

Humble Rafa Says:

I am glad we are now covering sunrise tv. I now know where to watch women’s tennis.

Dan Martin Says:

I am not sure what to say about Kyrgios’ walk-off. There is a risk in playing well one week and coming into the next event worn-down/injured/sick. Taking his word at face value, playing well in Beijing impacted his chances in Shanghai. If he just got frustrated and bagged it, then last week really has no impact, and Kyrgios just gave up. Not good for the fans or the tournament.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Hahaha Kyrgios. He just can’t help himself.

I look forward to many more antics like this in 2018. As long as I didn’t pay for a ticket.

madmax Says:

Grow up Nick.

What a waste.

RZ Says:

Thiem keeps losing close matches (not counting the Laver Cup exo). I wonder if his loss against DelPo has affected the mental side of his game.

RZ Says:

Just read that Shapovalov (I think I finally spelled that correctly) in now in the top 50 and the youngest man to rank there since Rafa first made the top 50.

Anna Says:

This headline makes it sound like Federer and Nadal got married

gonzalowski Says:

“ATP has officially sanctioned Nick Kyrgios for leaving his first-round match with Steve Johnson without explanation. The Australian has been forced to return the money from the first round of Shangái, which amounted to 21,085 dollars. The reason is to retire for an alleged injury without going after the doctor to certify the ailment.

The second sanction, also economic, amounts to $ 10,000, for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios has been reluctant in his attitude on the track confessing that even last year he came to throw more than eight tournaments.”

AndyMira Says:

I wish he finished his match …it doesn’t matter if he lose it..And if he don’t want that money,just donate to the people who really needs it…children’s hospital,hurricane’s victim,kids in Africa or 3rd world country,charity for Rohingya etc…21,085 is a lot of money…instead of giving back to the rich..that money will do wonders to the people who really needs it…It’s a shame really…

lylenubbins Says:

What a nut bar. Just play it out for your reputation’s sake. Sheesh

J-Kath Says:

Anna: You are right – what a chuckle.

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