Nick Kyrgios will regret wasting his talent unless he changes his ways, says legend
John McEnroe has warned Nick Kyrgios that he risks feeling a tonne of regret when his playing days are over if he doesn’t change his volatile ways.
Kyrgios made the wrong kid of headlines at Queen’s, where he received three unsportsmanlike conduct charges and fines totaling $17,500.
Among his antis were rants at chair umpires, whom he accused of ‘rigging’ his match, tossing a racket into the crowd, smacking a ball out of the grounds, and accusations of tanking.
Kyrgios himself has remained defiant, insisting he does not see anything wrong with his behaviour, but McEnroe has a different take.
“We all think about that,” McEnroe said when asked whether he worries Kyrgios will waste his talent and ultimately regret it.
“No matter how well you do, you probably think about ‘What could I have done?’ Myself included. It would be hard to believe he wouldn’t think [that].
“He’s 24 years old. He brings an electricity to tennis. That’s why everyone is trying to figure a way to work through this, so he can get to a place where he can go out and give the effort.
“I don’t care if he throws a chair on the court or does what he does.
“The part that I have a problem with, and I am assuming 99 per cent of the rest of the tour do, is when you go out there and don’t seem like you are giving an effort half of the time for whatever reason.”
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