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Thanasi Kokkinakis: Nick Kyrgios incident put firmly in past

NEW YORK -- In the world of Nick Kyrgios, Tuesday had to qualify as a good afternoon after Thanasi Kokkinakis assured reporters that he has moved on from an incident that qualifies as one of the more sensational stories in men's tennis this season.

Asked if he was still angry at Kyrgios for telling Stan Wawrinka that "Kokkinakis [had sex with] your girlfriend," Kokkinakis said it would not affect their friendship.

"I'm past it," said the 19-year-old Aussie, who was leading Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 in the first round of the US Open before being forced to retire with severe cramps. "We talked. It's sorted. It's not really an issue for me anyway at the moment. I've known him for ages. One little thing isn't going to change too much.

"That's not ideal what happened, but I've talked to him. I've talked to everyone in the incident. I've moved past it and I'm sure they will, too."

Kokkinakis earlier said Kyrgios apologized. Kyrgios was fined $10,000 by the ATP for his actions.

"He was obviously frustrated," Kokkinakis said of Kyrgios. "He felt Stan was giving him something. I was watching the match. I didn't really see too much. Then my Twitter blew up. He said it.

"He plays on a lot of emotions. I don't think he meant to get at his opponent. But, yeah, he said some stuff. I'm sure he regrets what he said. But it's out of my control."

Though Kokkinakis said he heard rumors that he was supposed to play doubles with Kyrgios at the US Open, the two missed the deadline for entry.

Kyrgios played No. 3 Andy Murray at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the first match of the night session Tuesday.