For decades, the popular refrain from many sports fans and pundits (those who don’t follow tennis all that closely, it should be said) has been: “Tennis needs more personality, more conflict, more bad boys.”

Well, here you go:

Wednesday night at the Rogers Cup in Montreal (a Masters Series event, second in value on the ATP World Tour next to the four majors), Australian Nick Kyrgios told his opponent, Stan Wawrinka, something not meant to be broadcast in a public setting. Kokkinakis is Thanasi Kokkinakis, a fellow ATP professional who, like Kyrgios, is Australian. Wawrinka’s girlfriend is women’s tennis professional Donna Vekic.

Did other tennis players notice? Yes, indeed.

Victoria Azarenka was appalled, as were most tennis fans:

About Matt Zemek

Matt Zemek is the managing editor of The Student Section, covering college football and basketball with associate editors Terry Johnson and Bart Doan. Mr. Zemek is the editor of Crossover Chronicles, covering the NBA. He is also Bloguin's lead tennis writer, covering the major tournaments. He contributes to other Bloguin sites, such as The AP Party.

Comments are closed.