Former doubles world No. 1 Bob Bryan thinks Nick Kyrgios is good for the game and suggests the Australian is drawing attention to tennis with his flamboyant style. Kyrgios, 27, has been criticized for his behavior throughout his entire career, but he is a fan favorite wherever he goes and stands are always full when he is in action.
Bryan, who captured 23 Grand Slam doubles titles during his career, reveals his kid is trying to copy some of Kyrgios' shots. “I think he is good for the sport,” Bryan told Tennis365. “As a parent, sometimes you question his decisions out there and some of the things he says and sometimes you don’t want to be front row with your kids, but everyone is talking about him.
He is packing stadiums, tournament directors want him selling tickets. He just gets it. He gets the entertainment and kids just love him. My kid is trying the underarm serve and the through-the-leg shots. He’s interesting, so I think that is only going to attract more people to his sport”.
Bryan on Kyrgios enjoying success in doubles
At the start of the season, Kyrgios became a Grand Slam champion after he and Thanasi Kokkinakis won the Australian Open men's doubles title. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis put up an absolute show at the Australian Open as there was an electric atmosphere in each match they played at Melbourne Park earlier this year.
“We were excited to see him break through on the doubles court and he is so talented,” Bryan added. “He had those stadiums rocking in Australia. You had fans come in, they weren’t tennis fans. These were kids off the street, skateboarders, real urban culture coming in to root for this guy.
He is a showman. He understands entertainment and they were amped up. It was a great for doubled to have a guy like that breaking through”. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were aiming to win their second Grand Slam at this year's US Open, but their campaign came to an end in the round-of-16 following a loss to Liam Glasspool and Haari Heliovaara.