Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka 'involved in locker room bust-up' after girlfriend slur
Published 14/08/2015 | 16:53
Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka were involved in an angry confrontation in the locker room after the Australian made an obscene remark about his opponent's girlfriend on Wednesday.
Kyrgios' on-court comment to Wawrinka that his compatriot and friend Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with the Swiss' girlfriend, Donna Vekic, has prompted a storm of controversy in tennis.
And Kyrgios, when asked after the match what he said, said Stan was getting a bit "lippy with me so I just said it." pic.twitter.com/8XZJR2Xrao— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) August 13, 2015
The 20-year-old has been fined £4,700 for the comments, which were picked up by a courtside microphone. In them, he is heard telling Wawrinka: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.”
Donna Vekic is the woman reportedly targeted by Kyrgios' sledge
In a separate comment, Kyrgios was also heard to say to himself - apparently about Wawrinka - "He's banging an 18-year-old".
Wawrinka issued an angry rebuke to Kyrgios in a post-match interview, and via his Twitter feed, calling him "unacceptable".
But Kyrgios' brother, Christos, has now claimed that the players were involved in a locker-room scuffle after the match.
In a post on his Facebook, which has subsequently been taken down, he wrote:
"He put his hands on nick - grabbed him and said a whole bunch of abusive s---. I've studied law and that s--- is abuse bro. Lucky we aren't pressing charges.
"The p---k is lucky I wasn't there or he would have been withdrawing from the next few tournaments."
Christos caused his own controversy on Friday when an Australian radio station on which he was appearing had to cut short their interview after he made an obscene comment.
While defending his brother's behaviour, Christos told Triple M's The Grill Team: "Donna obviously loved the "Kokk"'.
Earlier, he had claimed Wawrinka had sparked the feud with his brother by saying he had claimed that Kyrgios had faked an injury in a previous match.
"It's not even sledging, that's openly slandering someone after a match then I guess you can expect a bit of sledging back when you play them next."
Kyrgios - who apologised for his comments to Wawrinka on Friday morning - was still booed by sections of the crowd in Montreal for his Rogers Cup game against John Isner, which he lost 7-5 6-3.