As if his haircut didn’t give it away, let’s just say Nick Kyrgios is running out of fucks to give.
Last month, the perpetually petulant Australian was the source of controversy at Wimbledon for allegedly shouting “dirty scum” at an umpire – though he insisted it was aimed towards himself – hugging ballboys for no particular reason and throwing a match against Richard Gasquet. Now, he’s making headlines at the Rogers Cup in Montreal for taking a very below-the-belt jab at his second round opponent, Stan Wawrinka, during their match Wednesday night.
“Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend,” microphones picked up Kyrgios saying. “Sorry to tell you that, mate.”
Wawrinka split with his wife for the second time this year and has since been linked to Donna Vekic, the Croatian star many pinned as the next Maria Sharapova. As early as 2013, Vekic was also rumored to be with another tennis player, Thanasi Kokkinakis, and the duo participated in mixed doubles during the 2014 Australian Open. While Kokkinakis laughed off suggestions that they were a couple, there’s reason Kyrgios’ slate struck a nerve.
Soon after the conclusion of Wednesday’s match, Wawrinka took to Twitter to express his disappointment with Kyrgios’ actions and how he hopes the Australian doesn’t get away with just another slap on the wrist.
“So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague be so disrespectful in a way I could never even imagine,” he wrote. “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 behavior on or off the court,” he continued, “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 also confronted Kyrgios back stage, but said the details of their exchange will “stay in the locker room.”
As for Kyrgios, well, he apologized for his remarks. Eventually.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the comments I made during the match last night vs Stan… http://t.co/WfFUnSQjYx
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 13, 2015