The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Kokky smoth­ers blaz­ing fire started by his good mate Ky­grios


STAN Wawrinka was ini­tially tense when Thanasi Kokki­nakis ap­proached him in a Cin­ci­natti locker room but the pair have since cleared up any con­fu­sion in the wake of the in­fa­mous Nick Ky­grios sledge and are on good terms.

Kokki­nakis’ fa­ther Trevor told The Sun­day Mail his son took it upon him­self to ap­proach Wawrinka and teenage Croa­t­ian women’s player Donna Ve­kic in per­son af­ter Ky­grios em­broiled all of them in an in­ter­na­tional storm this month.

Court­side mi­cro­phones picked up Ky­grios telling Swiss star Wawrinka dur­ing a fiery en­counter at the Mon­treal Mas­ters that “Kokki­nakis banged your girl­friend”.

Kokki­nakis was re­lax­ing in his ho­tel as he pre­pared for the Cin­ci­natti Mas­ters at the time but sud­denly found him­self caught up in the drama.

Trevor Kokki­nakis said he was proud of the way his son had han­dled the con­tro­versy and said he got on the front foot and ap­proached an ini­tially frosty Wawrinka in the Cin­ci­natti locker rooms.

“Stan ini­tially mis­un­der­stood Thanasi’s role in this whole thing, and he was think­ing ‘what is this kid about?’ un­til Thanasi set the record straight,’’ Kokki­nakis Sr said. “Thanasi ini­ti­ated the con­ver­sa­tion which wasn’t an easy thing for a 19-year-old to do.

“With­out get­ting too per­sonal and lurid about the whole thing, he just wanted to as­sure Stan that there hadn’t been any­thing un­to­ward be­tween he and (Ve­kic).”

Wawrinka has been ru­moured to be dat­ing Ve­kic – a friend of Kokki­nakis – since split­ting with his wife in April.

Kokki­nakis also spoke to Ve­kic when he bumped into her in Cin­ci­natti.

“He just made sure she was OK and made sure she knew where he stood on the whole thing,’’ Kokki­nakis Sr said.

“She and Stan both un­der­stand where Thanasi stands now and they’re fine with him.”

Kokki­nakis Sr said the in­ci­dent was emo­tion­ally drain­ing on his son but he was “over it”.

 ??  ?? DRAMA: Thanasi Kokki­nakis.
DRAMA: Thanasi Kokki­nakis.

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