Australian bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios hit a new low this week.
The big-serving 20-year-old is no stranger to controversy, but his actions during his second-round match against Stan Wawrinka at Canada’s Rogers Cup shocked the world of sport.
On-court camera’s picked up Kyrgios making an offensive sexual slur against Wawrinka’s girlfriend.
Wawrinka – who retired hurt from the match, trailing 7-6 3-6 0-4 – divorced his wife earlier this year and has since been romantically linked to 19-year-old tennis ace Donna Vekic.
Croatian up-and-comer Vekic has played mixed doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis, who has partnered Kyrgios in some men’s doubles events.
During the second set of Wednesday’s match with Wawrinka, Kyrgios said “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.”
Kyrgios made the childish remark from the baseline, so Wawrinka is unlikely to have heard it live.
However, after the match, the Swiss star responded to Kyrgios’s outburst.
“So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague be so disrespectful in a way could never even imagine,” Wawrinka told reporters. “To [stoop] so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.”
Kyrgios attempted to justify his comments after the match, saying: “He was getting a bit lippy with me. Kind of in the heat of the moment. I don’t know. I just said it.”
He has since apologised, but this is not the first time Kyrgios has found himself in hot water this year.
Kyrgios screamed out to call a Wimbledon umpire “dirty scum” in June.
Other misdemeanors at SW19 included slamming his racquet into the ground so hard it bounced into the crowd and allegedly tanking a return game at the London Grand Slam.