Boris Becker: Nick Kyrgios is pure box office and can never be bad thing for tennis

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Boris Becker: Nick Kyrgios is pure box office and can never be bad thing for tennis

Former six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker hopes Nick Kyrgios starts taking tennis more seriously because he believes the Australian is good for the sport. Kyrgios saw off Liam Broady in straight sets in his opener at Melbourne Park before losing to world No.

2 Daniil Medvedev in four sets. Kyrgios is now having a strong doubles campign as he and Thanasi Kokkinakis have been through to the quarterfinal. Every match in which Kyrgios has participated this week featured the full stands.

"Nick Kyrgios has reminded us all this week that he is pure box office and that can never be a bad thing for the sport," Becker wrote for The Daily Mail.

Becker would love to see Kyrgios do big things

"The sober fact, however, is that after this event he is going to have a ranking close to 120 and that is not even going to get him directly into the field for future Grand Slams, as it stands," Becker added.

"Naturally, he is going to be offered a certain number of wildcards for singles events but it is dangerous territory for him. Does he really want to end up playing Challenger events, or qualifying in front of very small crowds? "I just wish he was doing what he does while competing in the second week of Grand Slam singles events, because he remains perfectly capable of that.

"Kyrgios is only 26 and you wonder what he could achieve if he had a proper schedule, coaching set-up and a bit of discipline and dedication. "I still think he could be a top 15 player if he had half the work ethic of some others.

It is not too late for him but it is getting that way. There does seem to be a greater maturity to some of the things he is saying, so maybe the realisation is coming." Also, Becker added it will be a shame if Kyrgios gets to 35 and is full of regrets for not fulfilling his potential.