Monday 18 December 2017

'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

Donna Vekic has criticised Nick Kyrgios over his obscene sledging of Stan Wawrinka
Donna Vekic has criticised Nick Kyrgios over his obscene sledging of Stan Wawrinka

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."

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