POOR sportsmanship at an international tennis tournament has cost Nick Kyrgios dearly.
The notoriously temperamental Australian athlete was fined $12,840 and lost another $27,071 in prizemoney on Wednesday after storming off midway through his first-round match at the Shanghai Masters, tennis officials said.
The 22-year-old could yet face further punishment from the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) after it fined Kyrgios for unsportsmanlike conduct*.
An ATP spokesman said Kyrgios was also not allowed to collect his prizemoney for taking part in the tournament because he failed to get signed off for a medical assessment afterwards to prove he was unwell or hurt.
Reacting poorly to sporting situations, including not shaking the opponent’s hand at the end of a match, throwing a racquet after a loss or blaming others for your own mistakes are all examples of being a bad sport and unsportsmanlike conduct.
Kyrgios apologised after walking off court on Tuesday after losing the first-set tie-break to American Steve Johnson.
In a statement posted on Twitter a few hours later he said that he had a “stomach bug” and had hurt his shoulder. The tweet later appeared to have been deleted.
The world No. 21 rowed* with spectators and was accused of giving away points in a defeat at the same event last year.
The fiery Kyrgios was consequently* suspended and his immediate future in tennis is again under threat following Tuesday’s incident, when he hastily* exited the court.
It came after he complained about the umpire and spectators in the arena, and was docked* a point penalty for the second match running because of his conduct, which included blasting a ball out of the court in a flash of rage.
“What’s happening here?” he asked, seemingly irritated by spectators moving around between points in the tie break.
“Exactly why I shouldn’t come here,” he muttered.
Kyrgios appeared to blame the umpire for failing to get the spectators in line and his afternoon spiralled fast when he received a point penalty.
“Poor officiating again,” Kyrgios complained, and added: “Sick of this place.”
consequently: happened because of something else
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Write down as many examples as you can of being a good sport.
It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.
Do you think that this is sentiment is true?
Write some paragraphs explaining your opinion on this.
Don’t forget to use examples to back up your points.
Time: allow 50 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: Ethical Capability, English
Imagine that you have been asked to organise a good sport day at your school.
Create a program of activities for the day and design a poster to advertise the day.
What do you think should be done when famous sportspeople show bad sportsmanship?
Write a letter to the editor of the paper explaining your point of view on this question.
Time: allow 80 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: Ethical Capability, English, Health and Physical Education, Visual Communication Design
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
There have been lots of bad sports over the years in sport.
Can you think of 10 words to describe a bad sport?
Can you think of another 10 to describe a good sport?
Create an image in the readers mind of the worst sportsperson to have ever played your favourite sport.
Do this by describing them.
Try not to tell what they do, but show it in the way they move, speak, or think.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP
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