Ryan Harrison Threatened Thanasi Kokkinakis During Cincinnati Qualifying Last Night [Video]

by Tom Gainey | August 16th, 2015, 2:51 pm

Amid the Nick Kyrgios controversy, hot-headed American Ryan Harrison had a go against Kyrgios’s countryman and friend Thanasi Kokkinkais last night during thier first round qualifying match at the Cincinnati Masters.

Harrison, who lost the match 75, 36, 76, got so enraged chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani and an ATP supervisor had to step in and prevent a fight.

After an exchange of words after the first set, things really escalated at the end of the match.

These kids, they’ve got to get under control,” Harrison said to Lahyani, but clearly meaning Kokkinakis to hear. “They’re going to get hurt.”

He then made his first direct reference to the events of Montreal.

“”He’s 19,” Harrison said of Kokkinakis. “If he wants to get into it, I will bury him. Wawrinka should’ve decked Kyrgios, and I should deck that kid.”

Later, Harrison tried to clear things up, telling Fox Sports Australia, ”I knew at 17, 18, 19 that there was just a line that you didn’t cross,” Harrison said. “And you certainly didn’t try to seek after guys the way that Thanasi kind of sought after me for an altercation after the match.”

He added, “Personally, I don’t think that Thanasi is a bad guy,” Harrison said. “I don’t think that he has ever done anything to insinuate that he would ever make a comment like that during a match, referring to the one that Nick made. I don’t think that Thanasi is in danger of being like that right now. I don’t think that he wants that.”

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10 Comments for Ryan Harrison Threatened Thanasi Kokkinakis During Cincinnati Qualifying Last Night [Video]

Ben Pronin Says:

So… what was said?

Charlie Says:

This was on Harrison. He should’ve have brought up that other stuff. Kokkinakis wasn’t being a great sport and he was clearly frustrated with the chair umpire buy Harrison made it way worse.

RZ Says:

This article is a bit about the Quad K and Harrison dispute, although it’s more about the fallout from the Kyrgios comment.

jalep Says:

Thanks for that link, RZ.

Kokkinakis handled the situation well and explains his challenges in the aftermath of Kyrgios sledge.

Sledge is a new term to me. I get it very well now – something said in competition to throw off the opponent mentally and emotionally. The thing I doubt Nick Kyrgios understood in the moment he did it was that he wasn’t just retaliating at Stan but impacting Thanasi and Donna Vekic. The sleepless nights’ ect, are counterproductive. Glad Thanasi made it through qualifiers! He really had to battle it out, too.

Harrison should keep it in the locker room. He’s been known to have a short temper and it doesn’t help his tennis.

jane Says:

agree jalep; harrison should stay out of it, or at least not make a show of it.

madmax Says:

Poor behaviour; very sad to see this.

Personal issues should be left off the court. Brings the game into disrepute.

Hope the instigator gets fined (Nick *I love the limelight, shine on me please*) and banned for a match or two.

jane Says:

here’s an interesting development! 4-K beat fognini, and so 4-K could play nick next, if he manages to beat gasquet! (which is its own sort of grudge match).

can you imagine the hype, the 2 maligned young aussies squaring off? :-O

meanwhile, a couple of other good ones to watch for:

dimitrov vs popsicle
pogo vs. tomic (the other maligned young aussie..lol)

Margot Says:

Liked that interview with 4xK you posted RZ, very sensible attitude, and I like him.

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