Nick Kyrgios has a short response for John McEnroe, who recently discussed the intriguing possibility of a part-time coaching role with him
Nick Kyrgios has a short response for John McEnroe, who recently discussed the intriguing possibility of a part-time coaching role with him. McEnroe has been a fierce critic of the mercurial Kyrgios at times, questioning his mental toughness, but he has also been a big admirer of his talent.
Commentating at the French Open, McEnroe said that, if he were to take any part-time coaching job: The guy that would make the most sense on paper would be Nick Kyrgios because we are two head cases. He did add: But mentally we are a bit wacky.
Asked about that prospect ahead of this weeks Queens Club tournament in London, Kyrgios was less than impressed. Hes dreaming, Kyrgios snapped.
At No20 in the world, Kyrgios has been usurped by fellow young guns Alex Zverev and Dominic Thiem in the race for a spot the worlds top 10. Twenty-year-old German Zverev, 23-year-old Austrian Thiem and Kyrgios, 22, are widely viewed as potential next superstars of the sport, with Zverev stamping his credentials by beating Novak Djokovic in last months Italian Open final.
However, Kyrgios denies feeling any inferiority as he heads towards Wimbledon next month. Ive never lost to him so I dont look at it and think it should have been me, Kyrgios said of Zverev.
Hes a great player and does everything right. Hes very professional. His consistency seems to be pretty good. Hes playing deep through tournaments. Hes so young and has amazing potential and is going to be contending for grand slams. But has he made the quarter-final of a grand slam? No. Ive made two.
Kyrgioss brilliance and on-court antics make him a box office draw in world tennis, with Queens Club tournament preferring him to world No1 Andy Murray to front the competitions main draw on Saturday. But for all his ability, the Canberran admits retaining focus is still a challenge.
I am not thinking about top five [ranking] at the moment, he said. I am just trying to get through every day, trying to play and put as much effort in as I can. Because I know when I start thinking ahead, how much time I have ahead, goals and stuff, Ill start losing motivation and wont try.
One player Kyrgios believes can become a top-10 player is compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis, on the comeback trail after injury wiped out his 2016 season and dropped him from 65 to 993 in the world. The 21-year-old South Australian has been handed a wildcard for Queens where hell play Milos Raonic first up.
Hitting with him today, his level is so high, Kyrgios said. As soon as he gets his body right and as soon as he gets some more luck, hell be right up there with Zverev and Thiem. If hes healthy hell produce. Look at what he did against [Kei] Nishikori at the French Open. He took him to four, nearly five sets in only his second match back.