The women’s WTA tennis tour called on the men’s ATP World Tour to impose further sanctions against Nick Kyrgios for his “crude and unacceptable” comments during a match in Canada this week.
The 41st-ranked Kyrgios was fined $12,500 by the ATP on Thursday for two incidents during a match the day before against two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Kyrgios, a 20-year-old Australian, was heard on camera making lewd comments about Wawrinka’s girlfriend -- widely reported to be Donna Vekic of Croatia, who is ranked 127th on the WTA tour -- and Australian men’s player Thanasi Kokkinakis.
“The statement made by Nick Kyrgios is crude and unacceptable,” WTA Chief Executive Stacey Allaster said in an e-mail. “I commend the ATP on assessing the on-site maximum fine and urge there to be further sanctions in accordance with their process.”
Under ATP rules, 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kyrgios may face a suspension of up to three years and could be fined as much as $100,000 if found guilty of “aggravated behavior” or “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game.”