This file photo taken on October 12, 2016 shows Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacting to his serve against Mischa Zverev of Germany during their men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament. / AFP / JOHANNES EISELE /
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The latest tantrum by Australia's Nick Kyrgios has attracted more than a fine and condemnation as sports stars and experts wonder if he needs help to overcome his demons.Britain's Andy Murray wondered whether Kyrgios's fine, which amounts to less than half of his prize money for reaching Shanghai's second round, would have any effect.Petulant outbursts -- from John McEnroe, to Serena Williams at the 2009 U.S. Open -- are familiar to tennis, but Kyrgios is particularly volatile and, by his own admission, unpredictable.Australian sports psychologist Jeff Bond, whose clients have included 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash, said Kyrgios was under pressures that most people do not understand.An arm around the shoulder from Murray could be beneficial for Kyrgios, who has responded to overtures from Lleyton Hewitt, Australia's Davis Cup captain.Kyrgios, who has spoken of his dislike of tennis, insisting he prefers basketball, was unmoved.
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