Nick Kyrgios won't change his on-court behaviour until his "backside's well and truly in the sling", a renowned sport psychologist said. Jeff Bond also believes Tennis Australia needs to be less forgiving of the 21-year-old 'bad boy' of tennis'.
Kyrgios was fined a total of $US16,500 ($21,810) for breaches of the ATP code of conduct after he tanked his second round clash against Mischa Zverev and abused fans at the Shanghai Masters. Jeff is a former Australian Institute of Sport psychologist and has worked with the institute for over 2 decades.
He has worked with the likes of Pat Cash and believes that fining someone for whom money is no object is pointless. "So does he care about the fine? No he doesn't. If it was a suspension he might, but not a monetary fine." He also said that a heavy suspension might hit Kyrgios hard "People who are high on self confidence, you know the 'me, me, me' thing are unlikely to seek support from any kind of professional unless they've got they're backside in a sling, unless they've got their back against the wall," Kyrgios might not face tougher action any time soon because the public and the tennis authorities have been too nice.
“We tend to forgive athletes who do that because they're good, you know they're a prodigious talent,” Mr Bond said. “And of course all of the old tennis greats will come out and say 'oh well he's just a boy and he's got a lot to learn yet', and yeah he has but it's no excuse.” At the end of the day, sports psychologists agree that while Kygrios' behaviour this week was inexcusable it showed he needed more support on the tennis circuit.