Even if unconventionally, players like Nick Kyrgios are a good thing for tennis. To support this thesis is Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Serena Williams among others. The 51-year-old French coach believes that with their attitude, in some cases even over the top, tennis players like the Australian are able to emotionally engage the public and fill the stadiums.
Precisely for these reasons Mouratoglou declared, in an episode of Tennis Majors Eye of the Coach, that the rigid code of conduct of this sport can limit the inspiration and personality of these controversial figures. The Frenchman claims that Kyrgios has the ability to attract crowds and fill stadiums regardless of the sport he plays.
He said: "It's not about playing singles, doubles, mixed doubles, I feel that if Kyrgios played chess, the stadium would be full. Some players are able to get so many people to watch them because they are thrilling.
We need action, passion, madness. Sport is about the athlete sharing his emotion with the crowd. Nick is a master of this."
Mouratoglou: "Even if Kyrgios played chess the stadium would be full"
Mouratoglou then added that limiting these tennis players with strict behavioral rules to keep on the pitch would risk homologating all the players on the Tour: "We can't create another Nick Kyrgios, but there are other players who are very exciting to watch.
It is important to give them every opportunity to express their personality. If the code of conduct is extremely harsh, it kills the diversity of behaviors and personalities because on a tennis court, all the players behave almost the same way."
Tennis players like Kyrgios and Paire according to the French coach are a source of attraction for the crowd. Mouratoglou added: "There are still some like Benoit Paire and Nick Kyrgios who don't care about getting thousands and thousands of dollars in fines, while most others try not to get fined.
These players are exciting to watch because something crazy can happen. Those guys fill stadiums, that's what it is. They are creating a lot of excitement for our sport and bringing in new fans, so we need them." Nick Kyrgios was, together with compatriot Kokkinakis, the protagonist of an incredible climb up to the doubles final at the Australian Open, during which the two eliminated some of the seeded pairs.
In the final the two Australians beat countrymen Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in two sets, proposing an all-Australian final in the Slam Down Under after 42 years. The last Australian couple to win the title were Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 1997.