Saturday 20 January 2018 / 02:13 AM

Kyrgios fined for outrageous sledge

Young Aussie Nick Kyrgios has cemented his reputation as the most arrogant, petulant player in world tennis by going way overboard in the sledging stakes in his match against world No.5 Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup.

After losing the first set, Kyrgios said to Wawrinka, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate,” in a comment that was clearly audible to television microphones.

Kyrgios was referring to Australian Davis Cup teammate Thomas Kokkiankis and women’s player Donna Vekic, who has been romantically linked to Wawrinka.

Kyrgios went on with it, also heard muttering, “banging an 18-year-old”. Kokkinakis and Vekic both turned 19 in recent months.

Wawrinka later retired from the match with a back complaint. In a post-match interview, Kyrgios appeared to show little remorse for the outrageous comments he made on court.

The Swiss star was furious with Kyrgios’ sledge, taking to Twitter to voice his disgust.

The ATP took swift action, fining Kyrgios $US10,000 ($AU13,550) for his indiscretion. To his credit – a phrase used when talking about the 20-year-old Canberra product all too rarely – Kyrgios did eventually apologise via social media.

In a further discredit to Australian tennis, Davis Cup captain Wally Masur ludicrously played down the incident and said it was a shame his form wasn’t the focus.

[YouTube – Belli Celli]

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