Judy Murray backs ‘genius’ Nick Kyrgios as underarm serve debate rages on
Judy Murray has thrown her weight behind Nick Kyrgios as debate continues to rage over his underarm serves, hailing the Australian as ‘a genius’.
Kyrgios attracted the ire of Rafael Nadal when he, unsuccessfully, attempted the tactic against him in Mexico earlier this year, but he produced an ace with it against Dusan Lajovic in Miami.
“He could win Grand Slams and fight the top positions of the ranking, but there is a reason why he is where he is,” blasted Nadal.
“He lacks respect for the public, the rival and towards himself.”
However, Judy Murray has heaped praise on the Australian, tweeting a heart emoji when referencing the tactic.
“The whole point of tennis competition is to disrupt your opponent’s game by applying pressure through changing the speed, spin, direction, depth or height of the ball,” she added.
“And that includes the serve.”
“Not many people understand genius or know what to do with it so they try to get genius to conform to something they do understand.
“Kyrgios has uncanny instinct [and] vision. He’s unpredictable [and] has phenomenal creativity [and] hand skills. Yes he’s mentally inconsistent but he’s a genius.”
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