In an interview, the Channel 9 commentator John McEnroe commented on Nick Kyrgios's attitude. The Australian player lost to Milos Raonic in Melbourne suffering a knee injury and showing not to have made mental improvements yet. “It’s sad for them and it’s also sad for us.
I like Nick a lot", said McEnroe, who was Team World's captain in the 2017 and 2018 Laver Cups working with Kyrgios. "I think he’s a great kid and he’s one of the most talented guys I’ve seen in 10 years.
He gets defensive [but] some of this criticism is deserved. In other ways, he does a lot of good things. But you hate to see anyone – whether it’s Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic – any player go on that court and not give that 100 per cent.
You feel like you’re owed. They’re well paid, you’re out there with an opportunity to do something really big, so you gravitate – I do. I gravitate towards those guys that give that effort, the De Minaur’s of the world.
The guy that’s coaching him, what’s his name? Lleyton Hewitt. He was pretty good at the effort. The Michael Changs - he’s helped [Kei] Nishikori I think become a better player. To me, [Jimmy] Connors – I looked at him and said, ‘I never saw a guy try harder than this guy’.
I tried to look at myself; ‘Do you try as hard as Jimmy Connors?’ And most of the time it was no. So I think he helped me become better and Nadal would be the perfect one for any player to look at. I’ve never seen a guy try as consistently hard and that’s part of why – many reasons – why he’s an amazing champion."