Jimmy Connors issues his take on Ilie Nastase-Nick Kyrgios comparison

Some believe Kyrgios has the potential to be Nastase 2.0.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jimmy Connors issues his take on Ilie Nastase-Nick Kyrgios comparison
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Jimmy Connors thinks Nick Kyrgios could definitely be Ilie Nastase 2.0 if he could just figure out a way to win more. During his playing days, Nastase was one of the strongest characters on the Tour but he was also a two-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No 1.

Kyrgios, who is one of the most interesting characters in today's game, has seven ATP titles in his collection and he is also one of the rare players who has managed to beat all Big Three players. Last year, 28-year-old Kyrgios made a major run at Wimbledon, when he reached the final before losing to Novak Djokovic.

Connors on the Nastase-Kyrgios comparison

"Kyrgios has the talent also and we've talked about a lot that if he could get that under control and he could figure out a way for it to work for him as opposed to against him and get on the winning trail, oh my god, how good would he be for the game, just as Nastase was great for the game.

You can't do that if you are not winning, even though he's trying. He's trying to get it but, for me right now, I would probably pick Nastase with the understanding that Kyrgios has the ability to be on that level if he would let it work for him.

Nasti might have been a little bit more crazy. He won more. To me, Nastase should have been the best of all time. He was that talented, that good, that fast and his anticipation was beyond. Nastase won the US Open, he won the French, he was in the finals of Wimbledon.

He had great success with many tournaments," Connors said on the Advantage Connors podcast. This year, Kyrgios appeared in just one tournament due to knee and wrist issues. Kyrgios is hoping to be ready to play again at the start of the 2024 season. In August, Kyrgios highlighted he will be aiming to do big things when he returns.

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