A Sydney radio station was this morning forced to pull an interview with Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios’ brother Christos about the Stan Wawrinka sledging controversy. It’s the final straw for Marcus Paul.
Earlier this week Nick Kyrgios was fined $10,000 USD after on-court microphones caught him telling Stan Wawrinka that “Kokkanakis [Australian Davis Cup teammate] banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.”
Really, Nick? Really?
After so many of us here in the Canberra media have stuck our necks out to support you, this happens? I’m sorry (and I’m sure you couldn’t care less), but you’ve lost me.
These comments have made you an embarrassment. What’s more, you’ve embarrassed so many of us here in Canberra who have supported you, made excuses for you, and defended your past indescretions.
From time to time I’ve spoken to your mum, your sister, and brother – all of whom no doubt love and support you. But I also feel you might just have let them down too.
Well… maybe not your brother, who placed the blame elsewhere while talking to a colleague of mine this morning on Sydney radio.
Whether they were meant to be funny or not, Christos Kyrgios’ comments on Triple M Sydney this morning were simply beyond the pale. Christos suggested that the woman at the centre of the sledging scandal, Donna Vekic, “likes the Kokk”.
Though the interview was dumped and didn’t make it to air, Christos then boasted about it on social media:
“So just did a media interview for Nick. Said Donna obviously loved the “Kokk” they cut my interview and said it’s the worst thing they have ever heard on air. Ah cheers.”
Friends posted messages laughing at the comment, and Christos’ response is too vulgar to publish here. He went on to suggest there was an altercation between Wawrinka and Nick in the locker room after the match.
“The p**** is lucky I wasn’t there or he would have been withdrawing from the next few tournaments,” he wrote.
This is the same man who told Triple M radio earlier that day that his younger brother’s comments needed to be taken in context. Rubbish, Christos.
There is no excuse. Not for Nick, and not for Christos. Neither has given any consideration to other parties involved in this affair – including Thanasi Kokkinakis, and more importantly, Donna Vekic.
My fellow radio mates certainly agree with me when I say the apple mustn’t fall far from the tree. I can just imagine how Nill Kyrgios, the boys’ mother, feels about all of this.
Marcus Paul is the host of Canberra Live 3pm weekdays on 2CC.