The woman at the centre of the Nick Kyrgios sledging affair has spoken for the first time, saying she hopes such a thing never happens again.
19-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic, a WTA Tour player ranked 128 in the world, was unwittingly catapulted into headlines worldwide last week when Kyrgios made a sexual remark about her in a match against her boyfriend, French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
“(Fellow Australian player Thannasi) Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate,” said Kyrgios midway through the second set.
Vekic told the Canadian newspaper The Province on Wednesday that the incident dragged the name of tennis through the mud.
“It’s not easy but I’m trying to focus on tennis and my next match,” she told the paper.
“I haven’t spoken to Kyrgios. But its a very disappointing thing to be happening in our sport and I hope it wont happen again because it’s not a very good image for our sport.”
Kyrgios’ outburst sparked universal condemnation across the tennis world.
The ATP fined him $US10,000 ($13,560) and Wawrinka and Kokkinakis both expressed their displeasure, as did senior tour players like Roger Federer and world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
And all the controversy may be affecting him on court, with the bad boy dumped out of the Cincinnati Masters overnight by Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-1.