TIP FROM A TENNIS LEG­END

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John New­combe has one word of ad­vice for Nick Kyr­gios in the lead-up to Wim­ble­don — “dis­ci­pline”.

The Aussie tennis great reck­ons Kyr­gios has the tal­ent to be one of the world’s top play­ers if he would just con­trol his emo­tions.

At last year’s Wim­ble­don, Kyr­gios was ac­cused of tank­ing dur­ing his fourth-round loss to Richard Gas­quet. At this year’s Aus­tralian Open Kyr­gios told an um­pire “You are ter­ri­ble”.

The 21-year-old also re­ceived a code vi­o­la­tion for swat­ting a ball into the crowd at the Mi­ami Masters, and an­other at the re­cent French Open for the way he spoke to a ball boy.

“I see a young man who has ex­treme tal­ent,” New­combe says. “The tal­ent is good enough to get to the Top 6 ... but you need more than tal­ent (to reach that level). Hope­fully as time goes by Nick will learn that you can’t get to the top un­less you have dis­ci­pline.”

Kyr­gios re­cently pulled out of the Rio Olympics. Bernard Tomic is an­other Aussie who won’t be at the Olympics.

“If it was me, I would have cho­sen to play,” New­combe says. “Olympic medals — if you had the chance of win­ning gold, sil­ver or bronze for your coun­try — I would take that on as a great hon­our.”

WIM­BLE­DON, CHAN­NEL 7 AND 7TWO, STARTS MON­DAY, 8.30PM

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