ATP fines Nick Kyrgios
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has fined Nick Kyrgios for insulting remarks made at fellow player Stan Wawrinka.
The tow had squared up in the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, where Kyrgios had made the unsavory comments.
A courtside microphone had picked up Kyrgios telling Wawrinka that another tennis player, Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with his girlfriend.
In a post-match interview, Kyrgios had said that Wawrinka had pushed him to say it.
“He was getting a bit lippy at me so, I don’t know, it’s just in-the-moment sort of stuff,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t really know. I just said it.”
Kyrgios revealed he apologized to Wawrinka in private, and still made a public apology on Facebook.
“My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unaceptable on many levels,” Kyrgios wrote. “In addition to the private apology I’ve made, I would like to make a public apology as well. I take full responsibility for my actions and regret what happened.
Wawrinka had been outraged by the incident, and called on the ATP to sanction Kyrgios.
“So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague be so disrespectful in a way I could never even imagine,” wrote Wawrinka, who retired from the match during the third set with a lower-back injury. “What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy.
“To [stoop] so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.
“There is no need for this kind of behaviour on or off the court and I hope the governing body of this sport does not stand for this and stands up for the integrity of this sport that we have worked so hard to build.”