The volatile Australian stormed off after losing the first set 7-6 (7-5) in a tiebreaker.
Kyrgios’s dramatic walk-off comes a year after he was suspended from the ATP Tour for tanking at the Shanghai Masters and leaves his immediate playing future in doubt once again.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 10, 2017
Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour in Shanghai is once under the microscope.Source:AFP
The 22-year-old had received two code violations for unsportsmanlike conduct and expressed his dismay at the chair umpire for copping a point penalty during the tiebreaker.
He was picked up on TV telling his courtside entourage he would stop if he lost the set, which he did.
Runner-up to world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the China Open final, Kyrgios had been making a run towards the season-ending World Tour Finals before handing Johnson a mid-match walkover.
Steve Johnson advanced after Nick Kyrgios sensationally quit following the first set.Source:AFP
He was sitting 15th in the Race to London, where the top eight players of the year will assemble for the prestigious round-robin event.
But he will now almost certainly come under serious scrutiny from officials for quitting a match at the very same venue where he was accused of not giving his best efforts 12 months ago.
What are you doing Nick? Why are you doing this Kyrgios!
Stop throwing it all away ? https://t.co/dOdRdCtPDT
— ZENIA D’CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) October 10, 2017
While we’re all distracted by the Socceroos Nick Kyrgios is making an arse of himself again…
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottliebFOX) October 10, 2017
Kyrgios played and won double yesterday. He’s gonna take the rest from the tournament and the atp after this now… Unbelievable
— Carole Bouchard (@carole_bouchard) October 10, 2017