‘I hope he doesn’t behave like Cincinnati’ – Mats Wilander makes US Open plea to Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios wiping his face

Former world number one Mats Wilander says he worries for Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour at the US Open, but he hopes the Australian will only make positive headlines.

Kyrgios caused an even bigger storm than he usually does at the Cincinnati Masters last week, where his unruly behaviour got him fines from the ATP totaling nearly £100,000 – the biggest on record.

Eurosport analyst Wilander has little doubt that Kyrgios’ short temper is borne of only positive intentions, but he has urged him to channel it a lot more professionally.

“I hope he doesn’t behave like he did in Cincinnati,” Wilander said.

“I think that every week that passes is showing more and more interest in wanting to win tennis matches and wanting to improve everything around him.

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“I think when he did what he did in Cincinnati, of course it looks bad and, of course, there are children in the stands and the language is bad, but at least the way he is now in the last weeks, he is showing that he cares.

“Nick wants to win, he hates losing and he wants to play well, he wants to entertain and he simply hasn’t been able to deal with it in a professional way.”

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