Nick Kyrgios, who has a tendency to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, has once again sparked controversy after delivering a scathing sledge to his opponent, the world No. 5, Stan Wawrinka.
During the second round tie at a Rogers Cup match in Montreal, Kyrgios told the Swiss two-time grand slam champion, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.”
The exchange was picked up by an on-court microphone and found its way to the Internet.
It’s believed that Kyrgios was probably referring to his fellow Australian and Davis Cup team-mate Thanasi Kokkinakis. He claims he was provoked by Wawrinka to make the comment.
“He was getting a bit lippy with me,” Kyrgios said. “Kind of in the heat of the moment, I don’t know. I just said it.”
Wawrinka, who did not respond to the trash-talking during the match, later took to Twitter, encouraging ATP to take action against his opponent:
What was said I wouldn't say to my worst enemy. To stop so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) August 13, 2015
“I just hope the ATP takes big measures against him,” Wawrinka told reporters in French after the match. “He’s young but that’s no excuse ... Every match, he behaves very badly.”
“The problem is he doesn’t just behave badly towards himself, he behaves badly towards the people around, the other players, the ball kids, the umpires. I really hope the ATP will take major action against him this time.”