Kyrgios fined for outburst

Paire into the Winston Salem Open semi-finals

Australian Nick Kyrgios picked up his second code violation in a week after being fined for a foul-mouthed tirade about the Shanghai Masters.

The controversial tennis player reportedly called the tournament a circus and complained about the ball boys and girls during his first round win.

He was fined $1,500 to move closer to a four-week ban if he picks up a cumulative $5,000 in fines before February next year. The 20-year-old is now just one misconduct charge away from the month-long suspension.

The punishment comes just a day after he criticised the playing surface at the event and described playing conditions as crazy after a cameraman was ejected from the court for talking during points.

"They were talking in the middle of the points. I was just expecting a lot more obviously from a Masters event," Kyrgios said. "You're not going to see Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal playing on a court like that. They're always playing on centre court where things usually go pretty smoothly."

The world number 32 plays Kei Nishikori in the second round of the singles competition on Wednesday, while he and partner Bernard Tomic also qualified for the third round in the doubles.