A controversy was created at the 2018 Rolex Shanghai Masters involved Nick Kyrgios once again, who lost to Bradley Klahn in the first round. The Australian showed a lack of effort and the chair umpire had to intervene. The ATP had opened an investigation in order to evaluate if Nick needed to be banned for the third year in a row for his actions in Shanghai, but in the end, Kyrgios didn't receive any punishment.
'Nick has never had a good experience in Shanghai,' admitted the Tournament Director Michael Luevano. 'He did not feel comfortable here, he did not play very well. But in the player's area he was quite respectful, he engaged with me and hopefully in time he will mature and he will understand the importance of the Asian market, especially being the only Masters in Asia.
We do not focus too much on Nick, we focused on players that are here to win the tournament. We expect Nick and his family to come (in the future). This year it was better compared to the two previous years. It's up to the ATP to monitor his situation.
It's up to Nick's team to get him to improve. He is an amazing talent, there is absolutely no question about him. Some people think he is good tennis, he is refreshing although being controversial.' Luevano praised Novak Djokovic's win over Borna Coric in the final last month.
'Nole has had an amazing resurgence, an amazing year. He is world No. 1 again', said Luevano. 'What happened this year, I don't think anybody expected that it would happen so quickly. He certainly physically looks different.
He is much liner, in a way he has much more control on the court emotionally. He was devastating, he did not drop a set in the entire tournament and it was very refreshing to have him back here in Shanghai. He is our title leader now with four titles.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title