The real casualty here is Donna Vekic.
When Nick Kyrgios sledged his Swiss opponent yesterday, his own personal life was not the only one damaged.
It was 10 words that did it.
“Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate”, Kyrgios said to his Swiss opponent, Stan Wawrinka.
They were 10 words aimed squarely at the heart and psyche of Wawrinka, and televised live internationally.
Kyrgios essentially announced that fellow Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis and rising Croatian star Donna Vekic, both 19, had slept together.
And in doing so, he didn’t just sledge his opponent. He also involved two other innocent people.
Watch the sledge here:
Whether it’s true or not is pretty much irrelevant now.
For many, Kyrgios’ unsportsmanlike sledge was the final nail in the coffin that carries our hopes of him being a respectable player. It was the last straw in a career that, in the space of a year, has almost imploded due to his repeated bad behaviour.
But, by pulling two unwitting teenage friends into the controversy, in the eyes of some, he is dragging their reputations down with him.
The recently divorced Wawrinka, 30, and Vekic are yet to actually confirm their relationship, but the comment certainly riled Wawrinka – who labelled it something he “wouldn’t say to (his) worst enemy”.