Cincinnati - Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios fired back at Stan Wawrinka on
Thursday over suggestions he had not apologised for his lurid outburst towards
the Swiss star.
Wawrinka criticised Kyrgios on Wednesday after stating he had not made a
proper apology for crude remarks concerning the Swiss star's reported
girlfriend, teenager Donna Vekic.
"He didn't really apologise to the people. He should. That's it. That
simple," Wawrinka told reporters in Cincinnati.
Kyrgios triggered widespread revulsion for his on-court taunt to Wawrinka
last week that fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis had had a fling with WTA
However Kyrgios, who was fined by the ATP for his remarks, insisted on
Thursday that he had made private and public apologies following his outburst.
"I am not trying to take any more attention away from the matches in
Cincy, but I have been reading reports that I did not apologise for my
comments, which is untrue," Kyrgios said in a statement posted on
"I privately and publicly apologised immediately after the match last
"There is no blame game, I take full responsibility for what was said
and for what has been a difficult learning experience," he said.
In remarks made to a Canadian newspaper earlier this week, Vekic, 19, said
she had not received any communication from Kyrgios over the incident.
"I haven't spoken to Kyrgios. But it's a very disappointing thing to be
happening in our sport and I hope it won't happen again because it's not a very
good image for our sport," she said.