Nick Kyrgios serves up brutal ‘easy walk’ John McEnroe comment

Kevin Palmer
John McEnroe and Nick Kyrgios do a post-match interview
John McEnroe with Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios and John McEnroe are working together on the BBC’s commentary team at Wimbledon and the fiery duo may have an interesting discussion when they are next on air after some explosive comments were muttered by the Aussie maverick.

Kyrgios appears to be heading towards retirement, after missing virtually all of 2023 due to injury and failing to make an appearance this year.

He may not be on court right now due to a long-running injury problem, but Kyrgios still clearly has the competitive juices flowing.

In an appearance on Piers Morgan’s YouTube channel, Kyrgios was asked how he would get on if he played McEnroe when he was at the peak of his tennis powers.

Predictably, the response left little to the imagination and Kyrgios dismissed the three-time Wimbledon champion in predictably brutal fashion.

“That’s an easy walk for me. I think so… I’m serving pretty big,” said Kyrgios with a smile, as he pondered a possible match against McEnroe.

“I mean, it’s a different era… I mean, (Roger) Federer, (Rafael) Nadal and Novak (Djokovic) have struggled. So, I don’t know how McEnroe is going to go against returning my serve.”

Kyrgios also suggested the hot-headed McEnroe might have struggled to avoid even more controversy if he was on social media sites.

“He’s lucky that he didn’t play in this day and age because I don’t know how that would have gone for the big fella,” added Kyrgios.  “He would have probably lashed out a little bit too much on people on social media!”

2022 Wimbledon runner-up Kyrgios has yet to formally confirm his retirement and has hinted he may try to play again.

“I’m at a crossroads in my career and have reached a point where life after tennis is a prospect that excites me,” said Kyrgios earlier this year.

“Of course, there’s a part of me watching on that would love nothing more than to be out there.

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“I know I can be one of the best in the world and win major tournaments – if my body lets me. The fire still burns, but it’s not my everything.”

Kyrgios’ appearance on the BBC commentary panel at Wimbledon has caused a stir, after he appeared in court last year on a domestic abuse charge involving a former partner.

The BBC were forced to issue a statement clarifying their position on the matter after complaints from women’s rights groups.

“As a current and high-profile player, Nick Kyrgios will provide insight and analysis of the action on the court from his experience in the game,” read the statement.

“We are in no way condoning his cited previous actions or behaviours, on and off the court, and he is employed to share his views on tennis only. He has provided similar services to other major sports broadcasters in recent months.

“The legal process he was involved in has concluded, is well documented, and he has spoken about it publicly.”