Here are some thoughts and takeaways from what happened between Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday night during their second round match in Montreal. These are some scattered thoughts and are in no particular order…
* Let’s just preface any comment on Nick’s actions by saying: yes, I find Wawrinka allegedly dating a teenager was/is wildly creepy (it's also none of my business). That doesn’t excuse any of Nick’s behavior on court and is far from being the issue right now.
*The fact that women continue to be used in such derogatory manner just for the sake of taking a jab or making a quip at an opponent is both completely unacceptable and sad. We may be in the 21st century but men are still fighting like they were in the dark ages.
*The ATP trying to take down every video and vine of the incident is disappointing, laughable and futile. The fact that they think they can outsmart the internet makes me realize they don’t get it and never will. Instead of pooling their efforts into attempting to hide what is already all over the globe, how about putting out a statement or announcing a suitable fine for the offence? It’s been 11 hours (and counting) since the incident happened yet no word has emerged from their side yet. Such ridiculous use of the time and resources! (UPDATE: The ATP said Kyrgios has been fined $12,500 and is under investigation which could result in further sanctions)
New ATP Press release on Kyrgios: extra 2,500$ of fee + notice of investigation = possible other fines or suspension. pic.twitter.com/28uCV46cUx— Tennis Panorama News (@TennisNewsTPN) August 13, 2015
*Many people have been going on and on about how Kyrgios behaves inappropriately on court. The shocking part is he barely gets any code violations or fines. Just the random code for dropping an F-bomb (he dropped MANY while talking to Carlos Bernardes on Wednesday by the way) or smashing a racquet. If umpires and tournament referees were doing their job properly from day one, this kid would have spent half his prize money on fines, maybe gotten defaulted once or twice, and he probably would be keeping his outbursts in check by now. Instead, his behavior is just getting worse which makes you wonder if the ATP is actually happy with his conduct and are even happier to be enabling it.ATP Players' Council issued statement to me condemning Nick Kyrgios' comments and supporting fine + other penalties. pic.twitter.com/KLUB2ggYwo— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 14, 2015
*Kyrgios’s mother, Nill, and brother, Christos, coming to his defense every time he does something indefensible has just GOT TO STOP. They are not helping him in any way whether from a life-lessons-learned standpoint or from a PR perspective. Nill’s Twitter account was shut down, probably at the behest of his PR time. Christos’ account should be next.
@TennisAustralia @CraigTiley & @NillKyrgios are enablers of @NickKyrgios! @WTA must act! @WTA_insider @Sandra_Sully pic.twitter.com/mjEfeWmuUG— shorey (@shoreytime) August 13, 2015
His brother Christos posted this tweet but later deleted it after Kyrgios had said in his on-court interview that Wawrinka had got "lippy" which is why he said those things:
*There is no point in comparing the ATP’s reaction – or lack thereof – to this issue with respect to others in the past, such as Sergiy Stakhovsky’s comments for example, because the lack of reaction to previous incidents doesn’t mean they should continue to do so. This is about Kyrgios’ behavior on Wednesday night and not about anything else.
*History has shown that you can be racist or misogynistic or just plain rude but a few years later people can call you a hero for fighting hard on a tennis court or whatever. Case in point: how many people remember Lleyton Hewitt’s racist innuendos in a conversation with an umpire during his match with James Blake and still hold it against him till this day? Not many. He tried to apologize after that and in simple terms: life goes on. This incident might not define Kyrgios’ future in the sport but what he learns from it certainly could.
*Kyrgios will definitely regret not coming up with a better answer in his on-court interview with Arash Madani. Granted he had just won the match and didn’t have time to think but not thinking before speaking was what got him into this mess to begin with. What he told Wawrinka needlessly dragged two more people into the conversation and that is something Kyrgios will come to deeply regret.
*The one thing Kyrgios had on his side was the fact that many top players – including Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet - have repeatedly said that he is very respectful towards others on tour which implied there is a side to him that many don’t see. This incident shatters that theory.
Here's a quick recap of what happened and some reaction to the incident:
After dropping the first set, Kyrgios told Wawrinka: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend, sorry to tell you that, mate."
Wawrinka did not appear to have heard him on court but found out soon after and said this to the press:
And this on Twitter:
So disappointing to see a fellow athlete and colleague be so disrespectful in a way I could never even imagine.— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) August 13, 2015
What was said I wouldn't say to my worst enemy. To stop so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) August 13, 2015
There is no need for this kind of behaviour on or off the court and I hope the governing body of this sport does not stand...— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) August 13, 2015
... for this and stands up for the integrity of this sport that we have worked so hard to build.— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) August 13, 2015
Wawrinka's coach, Magnus Norman also tweeted this:
That was really really low Nick Kyrgios. Hope for u that u have people around that will teach u a thing or 2 about life tonight. Very bad👎🏼— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) August 13, 2015
And here are other tweets from his brother, Christos, Victoria Azarenka and more:
Nick's brother insinuating Stan assaulted Nick in the locker room? pic.twitter.com/wpDvGaCg1V— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) August 13, 2015
Si una multa por romper una raqueta ya es considerable... Que castigo debe recibir alguien que rompe todos los codigos eticos del deporte?— Anabel Medina (@anabelmedina) August 13, 2015
At least walk away from the microphone 🙈— victoria azarenka (@vika7) August 13, 2015
Me pregunto que hubiera pasado ayer si wawrinka llega a oir el comentario de kyrgios...se liaba gorda— Carlos Moya (@Charlymoya) August 13, 2015
10:00pm Dubai time update:U have to respect ur opponent... Everyone has to... Always— victoria azarenka (@vika7) August 13, 2015
Kyrgios apologizes on Facebook: