Nick Kyrgios sounds off on tennis analysis from 'old heads'

Kyrgios not a big fan of hearing former players breaking down the game.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nick Kyrgios sounds off on tennis analysis from 'old heads'
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Nick Kyrgios admits he does not really like to watch "old heads" providing their commentary or tennis analysis. Kyrgios, 28, recently made his debut in tennis broadcast as he was a part of Tennis Channel's team for the ATP Finals.

In Tennis Channel's studio, Kyrgios worked alongside Jim Courier and Andy Roddick. Kyrgios highlighted that he enjoys former four-time Grand Slam champion Courier's tennis expertise but can't say the same for some other past champions or former players.

Specifically, Kyrgios seems to have an issue when former players suggest that some of the current players would have difficulty playing in their era.

Kyrgios: Hard to watch these old heads break down the game

“Sometimes it’s hard to watch these old heads kind of break down the game all the time for new fans.

It’s like some of the stuff they say doesn’t make sense. Jim Courier is really good, the way he articulates things, but some of these other people, I’m just like, ‘What are you talking about?’.

Like, ‘How do you know?’ The game was so slow back then. I’ve watched Boris Becker and I’m not saying they weren’t good in their time, but to say that they would be just as good now, it’s absurd.

A big serve back then was like 197 to 200 (km/h). People like me, we serve 220 consistently, to corners. It’s a whole different ball game. I’m not saying they wouldn’t have found their way … but serve and volley, to do it all the time now, you need to be serving 220 because if you serve anything less than 220, bro, [Novak] Djokovic eats you alive.

He eats you alive. Bro, Lleyton Hewitt destroyed Sampras one year at the US Open. That was the first prototype of someone who could return serve. He made Sampras look miserable. And what would Djokovic do to someone like Sampras? It would be a cleanup.

If Hewitt was doing it, Djokovic would destroy him. He would eat him alive," Kyrgios told The Athletic. Meanwhile, Kyrgios was widely praised for the job he did on Tennis Channel during the ATP Finals. Considering how well he did in his broadcast debut, it wouldn't be surprising if Kyrgios decided to do more of the tennis broadcast work in the future.

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