Tennis bad-boy Nick Kyrgios received his third code violation warning during his 1-6 6-4 6-4 loss against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Kyrgios’ most recent misbehaviour puts him close to ATP World Tour’s 28-day suspension, but the 20-year-old Aussie insisted he is “not concerned at all” with the potential ban ahead of next season’s Australian Open.

"Not concerned at all,” Kyrgios said, reports the ABC . “If it happens, it happens.”

However, Kyrgios was remorseful about his recent on-court antic, saying that he should not have slapped away a bouncing ball with his backhand, which nearly hit central line judge Mohamed Lahyani, although the world No. 32 acknowledged that he “can’t really change it now.”

Kyrgios will be suspended if he accrues $5000 (AU$6823) in fines before February. Kyrgios’ suspension started when he sledged Stan Wawrinka in August at the Montreal Masters, where a courtside microphone picked up the Aussie youngster’s revelation that his fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis had been with the Swiss’ girlfriend.

In his Shanghai Masters opener against Andreas Haider-Maurer, Kyrgios received his second code violation warning for audible obscenity after complaining about the “f------ surface.” He was then fined $1500 (AU$2048), which gets him closer to ATP World Tour’s suspended ban.

Australian tennis great Rod Laver has urged Kyrgios to end his on-court antics and start understanding how to be a champion. World No. 1 Djokovic also shared the same sentiment, adding that Kyrgios has the potential to become a top player if he listens to advices from experienced players like Pat Rafter and Laver.

"I think Nick has to learn from these kind of matches, listen to the advices of the more experienced people, especially from his country, Pat Rafter, Rod Laver, all the greats that have made the history of this sport,” Djokovic said, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. “I'm sure they know, they understand the kind of mental challenges he's facing.”

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