TIP FROM A TENNIS LEGEND
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