Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was fined by the men’s ATP World Tour for on-court comments to two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka during a match in Canada.
Wawrinka called for the ATP to take action after the Australian’s remarks during a second-round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal Wednesday. At the end of the first set, on-court microphones picked up a lewd suggestion by Kyrgios regarding Wawrinka’s girlfriend and another Australian player, Thanasi Kokkinakis.
“My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels,” Kyrgios wrote Thursday on Facebook. “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.”
Kyrgios was fined “for an insulting remark,” the ATP said in an e-mailed statement. It added it would give the amount of the fine after notifying Kyrgios. The ATP can fine players up to $10,000 for verbal abuse or unsportsmanlike conduct. Kyrgios has won almost $750,000 in prize money this year, bringing his career total to $1.56 million.
“What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy,” Wawrinka, 30, said on Twitter. “There is no need for this kind of behavior 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.”
The 20-year-old Kyrgios moved to the third round after Wawrinka retired with a back ailment as he trailed 4-0 in the final set. The Swiss told reporters he confronted Kyrgios in the locker room later.
Since upsetting 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, the 41st-ranked Kyrgios has made as many headlines for mouth as for his tennis.
Last month at Wimbledon, Kyrgios appeared to refuse to hit the ball for an entire game in his fourth-round loss to France’s Richard Gasquet after receiving a code violation from umpire James Keothavong for swearing. He then argued with the official over taking too long to change his socks.