Montreal - Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios apologised to Stan Wawrinka on
Thursday for an obscene sexual remark he made on court which sent
shockwaves through tennis and cost him a $10 000 fine.
20-year-old made his apology just after being fined for the incident
which took place during the pair's Montreal Masters second-round clash
on Wednesday which Kyrgios won.
"I would like to take this
opportunity to apologise for the comments I made during the match last
night v Stan Wawrinka," Kyrgios wrote on Facebook.
"My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels.
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."
On-court microphones picked up a sexual
slur uttered by Kyrgios who said that Wawrinka's "girlfriend" had been
involved with his close friend and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.
"Sorry to tell you that mate," Kyrgios is heard to say with his back to Wawrinka at the time.
ATP said that Kyrgios had been fined the maximum on-site amount of
$10 000 but added they were "reviewing the matter and additional
penalties may be forthcoming".
Kyrgios has already pocketed almost $750 000 in prize money this year and $1.55 million in his young career.
World number one Novak Djokovic said that Kyrgios deserved to be punished.
"There is no excuse for what he has said. He was fined, he deserved it," said Djokovic.
"I think he's going to learn a lesson in a hard way. Hopefully this won't happen to him anymore."
French Open champion Wawrinka was furious when he heard what Kyrgios had said.
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,"
Wawrinka said in a Twitter statement.
"So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague be so disrespectful in a way I could never even imagine.
was said I wouldn't say to my worst enemy. To stoop so low is not only
unacceptable but also beyond belief," the Swiss player added.
Kyrgios is due back on court later Thursday when he takes on John Isner of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals.
Kyrgios's comments were made after the first set on Wednesday which he won 7-6 (10/8).
Wawrinka won the second set 6-4, but withdrew with back problems when he was losing the third set 4-0.
Wawrinka, 30, split from his wife earlier this year and has been linked to Croatian tour player Donna Vekic.
not the first time that he has big problems on court in terms of what
he says and in terms of how he acts. I hope the governing body does not
stand for this," added Wawrinka.
Kyrgios, whose Twitter motto is
"Play Your Own Rules", has been the target of criticism from the tennis
establishment several times for his on-court behaviour.
Wimbledon, he drew jeers from the public as he apparently did not bother
to compete for a game in the second set of his fourth-round defeat by
He also had problems with chair umpires on occasion during the fortnight.
Kyrgios defended his action with Wawrinka after the match.
"He was getting a bit lippy with me. Kind of in the heat of the moment, I don't know, I just said it," said the Australian.
coach, Magnus Norman, said in a tweet: "That was really really low Nick
Kyrgios. Hope for u that u have people around that will teach u a thing
or 2 about life tonight. Very bad??"