Pros must give their best, Murray urges Kyrgios

By Russell Greaves 12 October 2016 48
Pros must give their best, Murray urges Kyrgios

Andy Murray has encouraged Nick Kyrgios to maintain his professional standards after the Australian suffered another on-court lapse at the Shanghai Masters.

World number 14 Kyrgios appeared to give up late in his 6-3 6-1 loss to Germany qualifier Mischa Zverev on Wednesday.

He was involved in a verbal altercation with a spectator and was in a fiery mood during his post-match media conference.

Murray, speaking after his second-round win over Steve Johnson at the ATP 1000 event, spoke of the importance of players always giving their best.

"I didn't see the match. I've heard a little bit about it," the Briton, ranked second in the world, told Sky Sports.

"Nick will be disappointed, obviously, to have a performance like that. I know he likes his tennis, he knows a lot about the game.

"He had a great week last week and it isn't easy to back it up the following week if you're feeling a bit tired, a bit jaded, but you've got to give your best effort.

"That's your job - to give your best effort. If you're tired, or sick, you have to give your best on the day."

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