Andy Murray

Fine, but not OK. Another Kyrgios outburst in the headlines

That latest outburst from Nick Kyrgios has commentators and critics in Australia divided over whether the tennis prodigy's career would be better served by a harsher punishment or a reassuring hug.

The 21-year-old Australian was fined a total of $16,500 for tanking — or showing a "lack of best efforts" — unsporting conduct and verbally abusing a spectator during a bizarre second-round exit at the Shanghai Masters. Some critics wondered why it didn't warrant a ban.

After rushing through a 6-3, 6-1 loss to German qualifier Mischa Zverev, when he failed to put any speed on some serves, started walking off court at one point before the return crossed the...