Famous tennis Coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes that rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios is fantastic for tennis. Kyrgios, 23, has received lots of criticism so far in his career. The most recent person to publicly criticize Kyrgios was 17-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal.
World No. 2 Nadal wasn't particularly pleased with the Australian's on-court behaviour during their Acapulco round-of-16 match. Kyrgios saved three consecutive match points in the third set tie-break to beat No. 1 seed Nadal 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-6 (6).
"[Kyrgios] is a player who has enormous talent. He could win grand slams and fight the top positions of the ranking, but there is a reason why he is where he is. He lacks respect for the public, the rival and towards himself," Nadal said post-match, per ESPN.
However, Serena Williams' coach Mouratoglou thinks that Kyrgios being himself -- not trying to be someone he isn't -- is what the game needs. "I know it sounds like everyone but I really believe that Nick Kyrgios is fantastic for tennis.
One of the only player who doesn’t think twice before talking or acting. He is just being himself, like it or not. That is what tennis needs," Mouratoglou wrote on Twitter after Kyrgios beat world No. 3 Alexander Zverev in the Acapulco final.
Kyrgios showed a great level of tennis in Acapulco as his run to the title also included wins over three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, world No. 9 John Isner and Italian Andreas Seppi.