Nick Kyrgios is a good tickets seller, says Mercedes Cup chief

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Nick Kyrgios is a good tickets seller, says Mercedes Cup chief

Edwin Weindorfer expected more from Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios in this year's Stuttgart Mercedes Cup. Both of them lost in their opening rounds. The German was beaten by Dustin Brown while the Australian lost to the eventual winner Matteo Berrettini.

On how the legal dispute with his agent Patricio Apey is playing a role on Zverev's tennis performances, the Tournament Director Weindorfer said: "I think that honestly Sascha is not 100 per cent focused on tennis.

I do not want to comment on the situation around his management. I spoke with Ivan Lendl, he was very positive that Sascha would comeback soon and I am very positive he will be back on the top 3 and win Grand Slam which would be great not just for Germany but also for the tournaments there."

Weindorfer also expected more from Kyrgios: "He did not play great. But last year he reached the semifinals playing very well. But he is a good tickets seller, and once he gets to the court anything can happen. He played doubles finals, though, and he played an exhibition match with Denis Shapovalov, Tommy Haas and Fabrice Santoro on Saturday.

I respect him a lot and hopefully, he will be back." Meanwhile, the former French player Arnaud Di Pasquale spoke about the history of French tennis: "We had good players. Sebastian Grosjean who was the No. 4, Escudé, Pioline, Santoro, Golmard ...

we were a lot of players on the top 100. Arnaud Clement was tenth ranked, Australian Open final. He could have created something, but apparently not. We are good friends. We are always happy to see each other. We spent our lives together, we were eating together, we were training together. We were not Friends but rivals."