Stanislas Wawrinka has refused to let the dust settle on remarks Nick Kygrios made about his alleged girlfriend Donna Vekic.
Speaking after beating Borna Coric in the second round of the Cincinatti Masters on Wednesday, Wawrinka told reporters: "He didn't really apologise to the people. Not the way that you want to say it. He should. That’s it. That simple."
The original controversy broke out after on-court microphones picked up the Aussie tennis star muttering: “Kokkinakis b***** your girlfriend mate; sorry to tell you that.”
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It was widely believed to be a reference to young up-and-coming Croatian star Donna Vekic whom fellow Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis and Wawrinka are rumoured to have dated recently.
The Swiss world number five continued: “There was a lot of anger in the locker room about what he did. As a player, you realise 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.”
Kygrios was fined £6,400 for the outburst and had issued a statement saying he had apologised to all those involved. Through his official Facebook account, he said: "I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the comments I made during the match vs Stan Wawrinka. My comments were made in the heat of the moment and were unacceptable on many levels.
"In addition to the private apology I’ve made, I would like to make a public apology as well. I take full responsibility for my actions and regret what happened."
Immediately after the match in which the original incident occurred, Wawrinka had voiced his outrage tweeting: “What was said I wouldn't say to my worst enemy. To stop [stoop] so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.”
It seems Kygrios' “private apology” did not go far enough and he may find himself in uncomfortable waters in the locker room in future tournaments, unless he makes further moves to finally resolve the dispute.
This incident has done further harm to his reputation with negative headlines about the 20-year-old star mounting up. He has been universally condemned for his behaviour, with previous outbursts directed towards officials and even fans.
He was also accused of ‘tanking’ as he appeared to purposely miss serves at Wimbledon earlier this year as he went down to Richard Gasquet in the fourth round.
Wawrinka went on to defeat Ivo Karlovic in the third round of the masters tournament on Thursday, but was dispatched by Novak Djokovic in comfortable fashion.