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The emergence of Nick Kyrgios The past few months has come as no surprise to those who have watched the Australian tennis star blossom into one of the best players in the world.
Kyrgios finished second at Wimbledon behind Novak Djokovic and followed that up with a win at Wimbledon Citi Open in Washington and a quarterfinal loss at the Canadian Open. His pre-US Open tune-up will conclude with the Western & Southern Open later this week.
While Kyrgios’ critics have pointed to his outbursts and unruly behavior during games as reasons to brush him off, tennis legend John McEnroe said Kyrgios’ development and style is good for the sport.
McEnroe spoke to Fox News Digital on Saturday as he teamed up with Mixhalo to work with Will Ferrell to broadcast part of LAFC’s game against Charlotte FC. He had glowing words about Kyrgios.
“Nick sparked interest in this sport for people who wouldn’t normally watch it and that’s what you’re hoping for. The traditionalists will have their say, as they did about me. He’s probably the most talented player to come out in the last 10 years. He had to deal with these all-time legends like (Roger) Federer, (Novak) Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal – that made it difficult,” said McEnroe.
The American tennis legend said he believes Kyrgios is starting to break down some of the mental barriers he seems to have erected.
“He sometimes had trouble dealing with expectations. We all have this fear of failure. How to deal with it He’s going to be one of the best couples in the world,” McEnroe told Fox News Digital.
“If he can do that with what we’ve seen from Nick over the course of the last three or four months because he’s a good boy, players like him, he’s a great team guy, I coached him in the fourth Laver Cup In different years it would be really helpful for the sport if it just stayed with it mentally and really deepened it as I’ve seen. If he can do that for a couple of years it would be incredible for tennis.
The Western & Southern Open is one of the final tournaments before the last Grand Slam event of the tennis season – the US Open.
Kyrgios has made it to the third round four times, the most recent being in 2019. He was beaten in straight sets by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of last year’s event.