Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday accused Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios of failing to properly apologize for his lurid outburst toward the Swiss star.
Kyrgios made headlines last week after crude remarks concerning Wawrinka’s reported girlfriend during a match against the Swiss ace in Montreal.
World No. 5 Wawrinka admitted the controversy was still on his mind on Wednesday after fighting back from a set down to defeat Croatia’s Borna Coric.
Kyrgios, who was fined by the ATP for his courtside sledge, later issued a statement apologizing for his remarks, insisting they were made “in the heat of the moment.”
However, Wawrinka said Kyrgios’ apology did not go far enough.
“He didn’t really apologize to the people. He should. That’s it. That simple,” Wawrinka said. “There was a lot of anger in the locker room about what he did. As a player, you realize more what he did and what is the consequence for the private lives of people involved.”
“They were not just a few words. With one sentence, he can touch and hurt a lot of people. I had a lot of support in the locker room, that’s for sure,” he said.
Wawrinka said that the controversy would not derail his preparations for the US Open.
“I know how myself, I know how I get ready for a Grand Slam. I know how I deal with everything. I’m sure I’m going to be ready for US Open,” the double Grand Slam winner said. “It was really important to win this match today. It was not the way I played on the court, but the way I fight with little energy that I have. That’s the most important.”
“I was struggling today to be completely on the court and to fight the way I wanted,” he added. “It’s been some tough days for some people, and it’s always difficult to completely focus on the tennis court.”
Kyrgios has already been eliminated from the tournament.
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