Sport Kyrgios needs a mentor but has never reached out to me: McEnroe

03:10  17 january  2020
03:10  17 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

Kyrgios keeps his cool to put Australia in front

  Kyrgios keeps his cool to put Australia in front Nick Kyrgios was cool, calm and collected as he thumped Cam Norrie and put Australia in a commanding position in their ATP Cup quarter-final against Great Britain. For the second consecutive match it was Kyrgios' opponent who blew a fuse on court. Norrie smashed his racquet after letting a golden chance to break Kyrgios' serve in the first set slip.There were no such antics from Kyrgios, though.The 24-year-old's resting heart rate must have barely broken 60 beats per minute on his way to the 6-2, 6-2 win.

McEnroe was left flabbergasted by Kyrgios ' audacious shot selection during his 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-1 loss to Scottish third seed Andy Murray at Flushing Meadows. A huge admirer of Kyrgios , McEnroe had applauded the 20-year-old pre-match for his decision to turn to Lleyton Hewitt as a mentor .

Tennis great John McEnroe fears Nick Kyrgios is on a path to tennis ruin if he does not change his ways. McEnroe also believes Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani should have been promoted – not suspended – following his controversial courtside pep talk to Kyrgios at this year’s US Open.

American great John McEnroe with Nick Kyrgios at last year's Laver Cup.© AP American great John McEnroe with Nick Kyrgios at last year's Laver Cup.

Nick Kyrgios needs a mentor or coach that he actually listens to, Ashleigh Barty is not in her "natural habitat" at No.1 and, while a great fighter, Alex de Minaur's serve is a liability.

These are among the views expressed on Australia's leading players by American legend John McEnroe, who said that he was willing to work with the enigmatic Kyrgios in a coaching role to help the Australian, but that Kyrgios had never shown interest in such an arrangement.

McEnroe, who is about to land in Australia to commentate at the Australian Open for Channel Nine and ESPN, told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that Kyrgios was "a good person" and "excellent team player" - the pair having worked together in the Laver Cup - but that Kyrgios had to be fitter and more committed if he was to win majors.

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  ATP Cup: Nick Kyrgios reflects on friendship with 'little brother' Alex De Minaur These two on top of their game will be next to unstoppable.Kyrgios had just come off the court from his comprehensive straight-sets win over Great Britain's Cameron Norrie in the ATP Cup quarterfinals.

Having already pulled out of the Nottingham tournament with an unspecified illness, the Australian McEnroe was not surprised Kyrgios struggled against Murray in Paris, collapsing in three turbulent But if all of a sudden these were the top guys in the world, it could be the shot in the arm that we need .

Nick Kyrgios is out of the US Open after Australia’s last singles hope was forced to retire from his third-round match against Illya Marchenko with a hip injury.

McEnroe suggested that Kyrgios would benefit from having a coach or mentor, with the following proviso: "To me, he needs someone that he respects and listens to and then he'd have to actually listen to the person, if indeed the person was going to be able to help him. You can't help someone unless they want to help themselves.

"As you can imagine, people sort of put us as, 'Hey, you should coach Nick.' There's been occasions where I've tried to ... have more of a get to talk to Nick and see him on a regular basis and see if he was remotely interested in that, because obviously when you see talent at that level and if you see him struggling with some demons you want to try and help him.

"But he's never reached out to me - other than when we're at the Laver Cup when he's been a good teammate and a good person, a good guy to have around - he's never reached out to me to say, 'Hey, you want to come meet in the Bahamas or Australia or this, that or the other thing'."

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  Kyrgios' love for Hewitt after ATP Cup romp Nick Kyrgios is thriving in the ATP Cup teams event and lauded Lleyton Hewitt after his latest win, in the quarter-finals.A noted night owl, Kyrgios took some time to warm into his clash with Norrie before putting his foot on the gas to finish it off in two easy sets, 6-2 6-2.

Team World captain John McEnroe and Nick Kyrgios saw what a coach-player relationship could be like at the Laver Cup. But the emotional personalities got a taste of a coaching partnership at the Laver Cup, where McEnroe sat alongside Kyrgios during matches as captain of Team World

Nick Kyrgios has a long way to go before his achievements can be compared with those of John By the time they were Kyrgios ’ age, McEnroe had won two Slams and Agassi had appeared in three While Kyrgios has never gone beyond the quarters of a Slam, he has a much better record at that

McEnroe, who coached Milos Raonic for a period of about 10 weeks in 2016, said he could do something along those lines.

"It doesn't look like he's interested in that with me - or anyone - at the moment."

McEnroe said Kyrgios had to be more committed "if actually wants to win majors'', adding, "so far he's shown, for whatever reason - I don't know him that well and I'm not Sigmund Freud ... he's not been willing to do that."

Asked about what was next for Barty, McEnroe said: "That's difficult to say, because I don't think that's her natural habitat [No.1]. Suddenly she was thrust into being considered or ranked at times the top player in the world. And I think, I'm guessing, that's been a bit overwhelming."

McEnroe said Barty was humble and hungry - "a good combination'' - though he was surprised she won the French Open, where her game was less suited than Wimbledon or a hard court. "But somehow she made it all work there. So it sort of pushed her, I think, a little more quickly perhaps than she was comfortable. So she's, I guessing, trying to come to grips with it.

Nick Kyrgios says he'll drink red wine after knocking Britain out of the ATP Cup, and it's not the first time he's gone boozing during a tournament

  Nick Kyrgios says he'll drink red wine after knocking Britain out of the ATP Cup, and it's not the first time he's gone boozing during a tournament Nick Kyrgios says he will definitely be drinking red wine after helping Australia through a "stressful" tie against Great Britain in the ATP Cup quarterfinals. Kyrgios and Alex De Minaur beat Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury by way of a thrilling 18-16 third set tie-break victory in Sydney. "That was probably the most stressful tiebreak I've ever played in my life," Kyrgios told the crowd afterwards. "I'm definitely having a bit of red wine tonight.

“I never told anybody what John said, and I’m still keeping it to myself,” Bellinger said. “But Ken Farrar heard it, and if the people in the stadium had heard it Ask McEnroe if what happened in Melbourne in 1990 changed him, and he shakes his head. “In a way, I wish it would have changed me more,” he

He only needs one. An ace out wide finishes the job. Nick Kyrgios has lost his intensity in this second set. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian. Nick Kyrgios on Nick Kyrgios : “I’m obviously relaxed, I’m nervous as well.” He’s not a straightforward guy.

"She's got a lot of variety in her game that can work for her, but there's going to be people coming after her. So it's not going to be any easier."

McEnroe said of the pressures Barty faced in Melbourne: "Sometimes, for someone like Ash Barty, it may be more difficult to win Australia than it would be to win Wimbledon."

McEnroe praised de Minaur's toughness, but said the Australian - who will not play at the Open due to injury - needed to work on his serve. "He can go a long way because mentally he's extremely tough. Whether he can go all the way is another question. The serve is the liability compared to these other guys. But he's one of the best competitors on tour, so that wins him a lot of matches."

McEnroe said he did not envy Tennis Australia's challenge of managing their most decorated female player, Margaret Court, whose hard-line views on same sexuality have placed pressure on TA to take a stand against the former champion.

"I don't know the answer to that," said McEnroe. "I'm not sure exactly what should be done. I'm glad I'm not making the decision."

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Nick Kyrgios implodes as Australia's ATP Cup hopes fade

  Nick Kyrgios implodes as Australia's ATP Cup hopes fade A seething Nick Kyrgios has imploded in front of a sold-out Ken Rosewall Arena, falling to Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets and leaving Australia's ATP Cup hopes hanging by a thread. After a fortnight of being lauded for his new, calm on-court behaviour – the old Kyrgios was back at Ken Rosewall Arena on Saturday night.The verbal barbs to his corner were back. So was the racquet smashing. A fan copped it at one point, too, after calling out before a point was complete.The difference on Saturday night to the past 10 days? Kyrgios trailed from the outset.

John McEnroe said of Kyrgios : 'What I can't accept, is when he stops trying'. McEnroe , the most erudite, respected and forthright commentator in tennis, was less than impressed with Kyrgios . McEnroe was flawed like that. He was a sublime player who should have won more Grand Slams

Having more than one mentor is critical. Like most of us, mentors have differing areas of expertise and can be called upon when you need their skills the You should also identify one mentor that has a style diametrically opposed to your own. The growth opportunity they provide will be immense.

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The Kyrgios comments that will rock Aussie fans .
Nick Kyrgios may have advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, but he was far from impressed by his own behaviour.With Gilles Simon breathing down his neck towards the end of the third set of their second round clash, Kyrgios looked to have returned to his old ways, barking at his own players' box.

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