Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka 'involved in locker room bust-up' after girlfriend slur

Stan Wawrinka (left) and Nick Kyrgios were allegedly 'involved in a locker room bust-up
Stan Wawrinka (left) and Nick Kyrgios were allegedly 'involved in a locker room bust-up

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.

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.”

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX Shutterstock (4743707m) Donna Vekic Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament official party, Spain - 03 May 2015
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.

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