Nick Kyrgios tennis news: Star split from Stan Wawrinka after infamous Donna Vekic comment, says Eugene Lapierre
A tennis official has released details of when Stan Wawrinka approached Nick Kyrgios in the Canadian Open locker room.
In one of the most explosive tennis scandals of recent years, the Australian infamously made a disgusting comment to the tennis veteran about his then-girlfriend Donna Vekic in the middle of a match in 2015.
Kyrgios was fined for telling Wawrinka, “Kokkinakis hit your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.”
Kyrgios and Wawrinka’s versions of the altercation have differed in comments the couple have made in public in recent years, with Wawrinka confirming there was an incident.
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Former Canadian Open manager Eugene Lapierre has now revealed he fears the incident could turn into a fight before the pair were separated by others in the Montreal locker room.
Lapierre also revealed that Wawrinka suddenly left his post-match press conference to face Kyrgios after learning of the remark made about Vekic, who was 19 at the time.
“Wawrinka hadn’t heard, but Kyrgios’ comments were on TV because of the microphones on the pitch,” Lapierre told Le Journal de Québec.
“At a press conference, a journalist informed him of what had been said. Wawrinka was furious! It’s like he just lost face in front of everyone. He quickly went down to the locker room, where Kyrgios was still. It was necessary to separate them, because that risked degenerating quickly.
Wawrinka followed up the incident by posting a series of messages on Twitter where he said Kyrgios’ comment was something he “wouldn’t tell my worst enemy”.
“To stoop so low is not only unacceptable but also unbelievable,” he wrote.
“So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague being so disrespectful in a way I couldn’t even imagine.”
Kyrgios’ brother Christos further inflamed the situation after the incident, making rude remarks about Vekic on the radio and then again on Facebook.
Christos suggested that if he was there he would have attacked Wawrinka himself.
“The p***ka lucky I wasn’t there, otherwise he would have pulled out of the next tournaments,” Christos wrote on Facebook.
“He got his hands on Nick – grabbed him and said a whole load of abusive bullshit. I went to law school and that shit is abuse, bro. Luckily we are not complaining.
At the time, Christos’ interview with Triple M had to be dropped.
It was later revealed that Christos said that Vekic “loves Kokk”, but repeatedly insisted he was referring to Thanasi Kokkinakis and nothing untoward.
Kyrgios was booed on his return to court in Montreal.
The ATP took action against him, fining him $35,000 and saying there was further avenue of action.
Kyrgios later issued a public apology on Facebook.
The pair have never reconciled their grievance but have faced each other four more times since the incident with Wawrinka leading the head-to-head 3-2.