'It's ridiculous' - Donna Kekic blasts suspended ban for Nick Kyrgios over sex sledge
Croatian unhappy that Australian was not hit with a bigger punishment for comments in match with Stan Wawrinka
Published 27/08/2015 | 10:05
Donna Vekic has hit out at the decision to give Nick Kyrgios a suspended ban from tennis after his controversial on-court sledge towards Stanislas Wawrinka.
The Australian sparked controversy this month when he was overheard on an on-court microphone telling Wawrinka: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend... sorry to tell you that, mate."
That was a reference to Thanasi Kokkinakis, his fellow Australian, and Vekic, who is reported to be in a relationship with Wawrinka, the men's world No5.
Kyrgios was widely condemned for his remarks. He was allegedly involved in a locker-room confrontation with Wawrinka after the match, with the Swiss denouncing him in a press conference.
Vekic, for her part, said his behaviour had been "very disappointing".
But despite the furore, the ATP - the body which governs men's tennis - opted to merely fine Kyrgios around £22,000 - increased from an original fine of just under £5,000 - and give him a suspended ban of 28 days.
That suspension will only be activated if Kyrgios is fined for verbally or physically abuse at an ATP event or accumulates fines of more than £3,200 for any other offences.
The decision has prompted an angry response from Vekic, 19, who told the New York Post: "He didn't get suspended. It's ridiculous. No more comment on this."
Vekic wept on court during her qualifying match for the US Open, which she eventually won 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory against Riko Sawayanagi.
The 20-year-old - ranked 129 in the world - had to be asked whether she could continue by the umpire, after she became agitated by line calls during the game.
At one point she asked for a US Tennis Association supervisor to come onto the court.
“Some linecalling was absurd," Vekic said. “I can’t believe this can happen on a grand slam level."