Former seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe says he has heard all the comparisons between him and Nick Kyrgios as he believes the Australian can make big things in the foreseeable future. Back in his day, McEnroe was very fiery on the court and known as a very temperamental individual.
Nowadays, Kyrgios is the player that most resembles McEnroe. Just like McEnroe, Kyrgios easily loses his cool and composure, but he has a great talent for the game. "He (Nick Kyrgios) is the guy that I'm most compared to, and he's the guy that, right now, if he is committed for the next couple of years, could do some really good things in tennis," McEnroe told Sunrise, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
McEnroe: Kyrgios is helping tennis grow
Kyrgios is often criticized for his behavior, but it's a fact that he brings fans to tennis matches as his matches almost always feature a sold-out crowd. "To that with Nick, he's moving the needle, and there's a lot of new fans coming into the sport because of him, so that's a real positive thing.
And he's electrifying in a way, I'd like to think. Some of that I brought to the game when I came into it. We all have fear of failure, and we try to deal with it the best way we can. The best way that I believe you can is to go out and do your job to the best of your ability.
Every time you do it, it's tough to do," McEnroe explained. In the past, Kyrgios tried to show that he didn't care about tennis as he feared that giving his best and not succeeding would be a big failure. "Nick's had a problem with that too often, he's veered off because of his anxiety and his fear that if he goes out and gives his best, it's not good enough against certain people that that makes him a bad person.
And I dealt with this on my own. So this would be an example of the pot calling the kettle black. Obviously, I was embroiled in all types of things myself, so who am I to say what he should do? I do it more as someone who sees him as someone who's really good for the game and want to, in a way, nurture him like one of my own kids, in a way," McEnroe concluded.