The Kyrgios vs. Wawrinka controversy from start to finish

The Grandstand

One of the most publicized tennis incidents in the open era and certainly in this social media-driven age produced a 24-hour (and still going?) whirlwind of emotions. At the heart of it, of course, was Nick Kyrgios–and to a lesser extent Stan Wawrinka.

What turned downright shocking in the second set of Wednesday night’s third-round match at the Rogers Cup between Kyrgios and Wawrinka got its root early in the opening frame of play. After Wawrinka broke back for 2-2, he offered an emphatic “come on,” perhaps in the direction of his opponent.

That’s when Kyrgios fired off his first slander (that Wawrinka is “banging an 18-year-old”), which went mostly under the radar:

It reached a zenith in the second when the Swiss asked Kyrgios to wait before hitting a second serve, clearly upset with the 20-year-old for trying to play too fast with a lineswoman still moving behind him.

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