Rod Laver, one of the most authoritative voices in Australian tennis, and a timeless legend, talked about his countryman Nick Kyrgios, highlighting some characteristics to be improved in order to make the definitive evolutionary step.
Rod told: "Obviously we're talking about an incredibly talented player. He has shots that everyone on the Tour envies him and probably the best serve. Furthermore, he is always very precise and knows how to deal with the most difficult moments of a match.
Seeing him in the final at Wimbledon was thrilling, but it was clear to everyone that he couldn't win. However, that tournament showed him he could compete with everyone. He just has to learn not to be afraid of defeat and to win games that go wrong."
After the parenthesis on the North American hard court, Kyrgios declined the invitation to the Laver Cup.
Nick's come back
Nick Kyrgios has always been an incredibly divisive character in the balance of the very delicate tennis world.
For better or for worse. However, it is no mystery that behind the bad boy mask the Australian tennis player has always shown and concealed at the same time an extraordinary talent. And that until a handful of months ago he was always a victim of himself.
Something clicked on the Australian tennis player. He came to Wimbledon with the clear goal of winning and at the end of a crazy two weeks he surrendered only to Novak Djokovic, however showing a morbid attachment to victory and above all a decidedly more active attitude.
Despite the excesses, those always present goodbye. The Australian tennis player also played right in the United States, with some recriminations essentially only in New York in the quarterfinals. Priority: the family. The Australian tennis player will still play the ATP 500 in Basel and the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy before resting all his attention on the next season. And above all on home tournaments: at the Australian Open the main goal will be to win.