Nick Kyrgios has been sensationally booted off the tennis circuit after officials lost patience with the Australian firebrand following his petulant behaviour in Shanghai last week.

The first elite player to be suspended for behavioural issues since John McEnroe in 1987, Kyrgios has been handed an eight-week ban and a $32,900 fine after the ATP World Tour completed an investigation, following his remarkable Shanghai Masters tank.

It is understood the ATP, governing body of men's tennis, wanted to oust Kyrgios for 12 weeks but relented during negotiations.

Kyrgios could serve as few as three weeks if he meets certain conditions during the off-season, including consulting sports psychologists and life coaches. Either way his season is over.