A tennis official has spilled particulars on the second Stan Wawrinka accosted Nick Kyrgios contained in the dressing rooms of the Canadian Open.
In one of the crucial explosive tennis scandals in recent times, the Australian infamously made a disgusting comment to the tennis veteran about his then-girlfriend Donna Vekic in the course of a match in 2015.
Kyrgios was fined for telling Wawrinka, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to let you know that, mate”.
Kyrgios’ and Wawrinka’s variations of the altercation have differed in feedback the pair have made in public in recent times with Wawrinka confirming there was an incident.
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Former director of the Canadian Open Eugene Lapierre has now revealed he feared the incident was about to grow to be a combat earlier than the pair had been separated by different folks within the Montreal locker room.
Lapierre additionally revealed Wawrinka give up his post-match press convention all of a sudden to confront Kyrgios after studying concerning the comment made about Vekic, who was 19 years’ previous on the time.
“Wawrinka hadn’t heard, however Kyrgios’ feedback had been on TV due to the microphones on the court docket,” Lapierre advised Journal de Quebec.
“In a press convention, a journalist knowledgeable him of what had been stated. Wawrinka was livid! It’s like he simply misplaced face in entrance of everybody. He shortly went right down to the locker room, the place Kyrgios was nonetheless. They needed to be separated, as a result of it risked degenerating shortly.”
Wawrinka adopted the incident by posting a sequence of messages on Twitter the place he stated Kyrgios’ remark was one thing he “wouldn’t say to my worst enemy”.
“To stoop so low just isn’t solely unacceptable but in addition past perception,” he wrote.
“So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague be so disrespectful in a means I might by no means even think about.”
Kyrgios’ brother Christos further inflamed the situation after the incident, making crude remarks about Vekic on radio after which once more on Fb.
Christos steered if he was there, he would have attacked Wawrinka himself.
“The p***okay is fortunate I wasn’t there or he would have been withdrawing from the subsequent few tournaments,” Christos wrote on Fb.
“He put his fingers on Nick — grabbed him and stated a complete bunch of abusive s***. I’ve studied regulation and that s*** is abuse bro. Fortunate we aren’t urgent prices.”
On the time, Christos’ interview with Triple M needed to be dumped.
It was later revealed that Christos had stated Vekic “likes Kokk”, however has repeatedly insisted he was referring to Thanasi Kokkinakis and nothing untoward.
Kyrgios was booed in his return to the court docket in Montreal.
The ATP took motion in opposition to him, issuing a $35,000 high quality and stating there was a chance of extra motion.
Kyrgios later made a public apology on Fb.
The pair have by no means reconciled their grievance, however have performed one another 4 extra instances because the incident with Wawrinka main the head-to-head 3-2.