Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka will face off in the semifinals at ATP Dubai late Friday. Wawrinka revealed that Kyrgios and he are no longer friends since the Australian made sex slur’s against his girlfriend.
“He’s a tennis player, I’m a tennis player. We are not friends, for sure. We don’t go for dinner together. But there is nothing else,” said Wawrinka.
“We see each other on the Tour every week almost. That’s it.
“For me now to play him it’s a good challenge. He’s playing his best tennis. He won last week. He’s full of confidence. It’s going to be really tough.”
Kyrgios made the slur six months ago during the duo’s face off in Montreal. The comments were about the Swiss star’s girlfriend Donna Vekic, a Croatian WTA professional, as reported by Yahoo.
The 33rd seed Australian was handed a 28-day ban and a $25,000 fine. Kyrgios won his first title in Marseille last weekend. He pointed out that the August incident is now history.
“Since the incident, I think we’ve both moved on,” said Kyrgios when asked about his relationship with Wawrinka.
“We played on the same team in the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League). That was actually really good. I got to know him a little bit more.
“He played great there. He’s one of the best players in the world, no doubt.”
Known to be “notorious” in tennis, Kyrgios stunned fans and experts by showing exemplary sportsmanship, according to the Daily Mail. In the quarterfinals against Thomas Berdych, Kyrgios asked his opponent to challenge an incorrect line call made by the umpires.