John McEnroe insists tennis world is begging Nick Kyrgios to get it together
John McEnroe believes that Nick Kyrgios can provide a massive shot in the arm to the sport if he can just ‘get it together’.
For his part, Kyrgios has appeared to enjoy letting down those who expect a lot from him and isn’t terribly concerned about the millions of dollars he has left on the table both on tour and in sponsorships.
That Kyrgios, is a draw is beyond doubt, as love him or hate him he gets the blood pumping.
McEnroe believes that Kyrgios still has the potential to be a superstar.
As to whether Kyrgios is quite as dialled in as has been suggested at these Championships Wimbledon, McEnroe believes he has been good but has cashed in on a cushy draw.
Kyrgios rode the ragged edge in a tough third round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas and had to dig deep to get beyond Brandon Nakashima, but blitzed past Cristian Garin in straight sets to earn his place in the last four.
“With all due respect to Garin, this was an incredible draw for [Nick] Kyrgios. He’s never been in a Grand Slam semi-final and he’s not playing Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic here.
“This is Christian Garin, who wasn’t playing with much confidence coming into this tournament.
“He’s a very smart young man. He’s liked in the dressing room. He is the most talented player, I believe, in the last ten years in the men’s game.
“He just hasn’t been able to put it together mentally for a variety of reasons.”
McEnroe believes that Kyrgios needs to commit to the grind of the ATP Tour if he is to reach his full potential.
“He needs to go out there, give it your all and chips will fall where they may,” the former World No 1 opined.
“He’s not been able to do that consistently.
“He’s out having a beer, he doesn’t want to train and that will affect your results in tournaments.
“We have been begging him to get it right because this guy moves the needle big time. He’s so good for the game.
“He’s got five or six different ways to blow off steam. I know about that as I’ve been through it myself. The bottom line is, that when he competes he is an incredible talent.”
Kyrgios will face Nadal on Friday with a place in the Wimbledon final on the line.
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