Nick Kyrgios recalls meeting NBA legend Scottie Pippen



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Nick Kyrgios recalls meeting NBA legend Scottie Pippen

Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios absolutely enjoyed his time at the 2018 Laver Cup in Chicago. Kyrgios, an avid basketball fan, got to meet Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen during the 2018 Laver Cup. Pippen, who played alongside MIchael Jordan for the Bulls, finished his career with six NBA rings.

Besides Pippen, Kyrgios also enjoyed being in the company of Roger Federer. "That was probably one of my favorite weeks of the Laver Cup. I had to fly there early and got to meet Scottie Pippen, as well as spending another day with Roger in Chicago.

We had an amazing media day there. Honestly I picked Scottie Pippen's brain for about two hours. I never asked someone more questions. I just wanted to learn what he was about, his experiences and obviously having successful athletes like around me I learned so much," Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios compared to Federer

Recently, former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski said Kyrgios is as talented as Federer but the problem is that he doesn't want to put on the needed work. "The problem is he does not want a coach.

He's had significant influences around him – Lleyton Hewitt, a grand champion. The Australian tennis coaches have a fantastic system. There is nothing I could say to Kyrgios," Rusedski said of Kyrgios. "The only person who can make that decision is himself if he wants to become a champion.

He is more worried about spats on social media and other things. He could be a great guy for the game of tennis; he just does not put the work and effort in, and if you don't… the older you get, the harder it becomes.

"He has as much talent, if not more than Roger Federer or John McEnroe. But it does not matter how ridiculously talented you are. It does not beat hard work, the day-to-day grind and commitment."