Nick Kyrgios has reignited his most notorious feud after taking a shock potshot at Stan Wawrinka.
The injured star on Tuesday night time joined the fray surrounding Wawrinka’s heated web change with Holger Rune following the three-time Grand Slam champion’s upset victory at Indian Wells.
It’s now virtually eight years since Kyrgios made a vulgar remark about Wawrinka’s then-girlfriend Donna Vekic in the midst of a match on the Canadian Open.
The Aussie was fined for telling Wawrinka, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to let you know that, mate”.
In the meantime, Wawrinka scored a win for the outdated guard on Monday, beating the 19-year-old seventh seed and can now face Jannik Sinner within the fourth spherical on Wednesday.
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Rune and Wawrinka had a frosty change on the web after Rune received their earlier assembly in November.
Wawrinka delivered some brutal phrases of recommendation to his youthful opponent following the defeat final 12 months.
“My recommendation to you is that you just cease performing like a child on the court docket, OK?” Wawrinka was overhead saying by on-court microphones.
Issues heated up once more this week as Rune this time delivered some pointed phrases to his rival after they met on the web.
“You’ve acquired nothing to say now?” Rune was overheard asking.
Wawrinka regarded barely surprised by the comment earlier than responding: “What would you like me to say?”
The 2 continued to change barbs which in the end weren’t audible on the courtside microphones.
The incident has been the speak of the tennis world and Kyrgios joined the dialog on Tuesday night time with a pointed barb for the Swiss.
“Hahahahaha yeah all good whenever you win… typical,” Kyrgios wrote on his Instagram tales whereas sharing a Tennis TV clip of the web change.
“@holgerrune with you my brother.”
Kyrgios and Wawrinka have by no means reconciled their grievance, however have performed one another 4 extra occasions because the incident with Wawrinka main the head-to-head 3-2.
Rune, in the meantime, has confronted criticism over his behaviour on social media however is just not backing down.
He has since posted messages on Instagram and Twitter taking photographs at these criticising him.
Wawrinka additionally spoke about it following his match and instructed French-speaking press Rune is just not doing himself any favours.
“He’s making a repute that he’ll remorse,” he stated.
The 37-year-old, who received the Australian Open in 2014, the French Open in 2015 and the US Open in 2016, additionally stated Rune has superb potential
“I ought to have received the match approach earlier than,” Wawrinka stated. “I began feeling nervous and hesitated a little bit bit. He got here again within the match. He’s a tremendous participant, a younger participant.
“However it’s particular to maintain profitable. I actually benefit from the second search environment.
“It was essential to remain there mentally as a result of I’m taking part in properly. All my profession I do know just one approach: to maintain preventing, working pushing myself and keep constructive.”