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Tennis player tells opponent that his girlfriend is cheating on him — during a match

Nick Kyrgios returned a shot to Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Wednesday in Montreal.
Nick Kyrgios returned a shot to Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Wednesday in Montreal. The Associated Press

I’m not sure how to categorize this.

Trash talking? Helpful advice? Terrible tactic?

At the Rogers Cup tennis match Wednesday in Montreal, Nick Kyrgios took time during his match with Stan Wawrinka to tell Wawrinka that his girlfriend was being unfaithful.

Keep in mind: This was during a match.

There is some NSFW language, so you can see (and hear) what Kyrgios had to say here.

Kyrgios said that Thanasi Kokkinakis was the guy allegedly involved with Wawrink’s girl.

Wawrinka later withdrew from the match, then unloaded on Kyrgios:

ABC.net quoted Kyrgios as saying after the match, “You know he was getting a bit lippy at me, so I don’t know it is just in the moment sort of stuff. I don’t really know, I just said it.”

UPDATE: The Associated Press reported that the ATP fined Nick Kyrgios $10,000 on Thursday for his “insulting comment” toward French Open champion Stan Wawrinka during a match at the Rogers Cup. That’s the maximum allowed by the ATP rule book for incidents of verbal abuse or unsportsmanlike conduct. The ATP said it is still reviewing the matter and additional penalties could apply.

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