Tennis Player Fined for Jab About Rival's Girlfriend

Trash talks gets personal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2015 12:17 PM CDT
Tennis Player Fined for Jab About Rival's Girlfriend
Nick Kyrgios of Australia wait for a serve during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal Thursday.   (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pro tennis player Nick Kyrgios decided to trash-talk his opponent during a match this week and made the mistake of doing it near a courtside microphone. As a result, everyone in attendance at his Rogers Cup match in Montreal against Stan Wawrinka got to hear the Australian mutter that another player was sleeping with Wawrinka's girlfriend, reports the CBC. The Association of Tennis Professionals hit him with a $10,000 fine, plus another $2,500 for a related comment to a ball person.

Cue the Facebook apology ("My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels") and his separate explanation that Wawrinka had gotten "lippy" with him prior to his insult. The ATP is investigating whether all this constitutes a "major offense," which could result in yet more fines and suspension from some events. For the record, Kyrgios beat Wawrinka, but lost yesterday in a match in which fans greeted him with boos. Not helping: Kyrgios' brother made another derogatory statement while defending his brother on the radio, reports the Guardian. (More Nick Kyrgios stories.)

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