(File pix) Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, 08 October 2017. (EPA)

SHANGHAI: Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios was fined $10,000 and lost another $21,085 in prize money on Wednesday after storming off midway through his first-round match in Shanghai, tennis officials said.

The 22-year-old, for whom this was just the latest in a string of controversies, was hit with the fine by the Association of Tennis Professionals for unsportsmanlike conduct, a spokesman said.

And he was not allowed to collect his prize money for taking part in the tournament because he failed to get signed off for a medical afterwards to prove he was unwell or hurt.

Kyrgios, whose Shanghai Masters is over after he also pulled out of his scheduled doubles match with Frenchman Lucas Pouille on Wednesday, apologised after walking off court on Tuesday after losing the first-set tie break to the American Steve Johnson.

In a statement he said that he had a “stomach bug” and had hurt his shoulder. - AFP

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