Nick’s search for new Aussie coach
ROGER Rasheed’s split from Grigor Dimitrov has paved the way for the respected Australian coach to team up with Nick Kyrgios.
But neither party is talking publicly about the prospect as speculation continues that Kyrgios will become Rasheed’s next project.
Dimitrov ended his partnership with Rasheed on Monday, hours after Kyrgios’ painful Wimbledon exit.
Dimitrov’s off- court partner Maria Sharapova is said to have had a rocky relationship with Rasheed and ultimately influenced Dimitrov’s decision.
Kyrgios sacked Todd Larkham on the eve of his traumatic Wimble- don campaign a year after splitting with Simon Rea, also at the All England Club.
Rasheed, 46, has worked with Lleyton Hewitt ( 2002- 07), Gael Monfils ( 2008- 11), Jo- Wilfried Tsonga ( 2012- 13) and Dimitrov ( 2013- 14).
Australian Davis Cup captain Wally Masur suggested either Rasheed or fellow South Australian Darren Cahill as ideal coaches for Kyrgios. Mark Woodforde also believes Rasheed is the right fit for Kyrgios, who is using his manager John Morris as interim coach.
Rasheed is known to be interested in working with Kyrgios but will need to agree to a deal with Tennis Australia and Kyrgios’ management.
TA director of performance Pat Rafter said Kyrgios had to decide what he wants.
“The only one who can coach him is a person he wants to listen to,” Rafter said. “And he has to want to take that on and I don’t know who that is.
“He’ll know, but he’s got to be ready to listen to that person, whoever that is.
“That’ll be a decision Nick will have to come up with in his time.”
Kyrgios clashed with manager Morris during his fourth- round loss to Richard Gasquet, ordering the Englishman out of Court Two.
Morris watched the rest of the match from the locker room.
A homesick Kyrgios flew back to Canberra overnight. It is understood he did not want to leave Australia in April because of an ill family member.
The embattled 20- year- old said on social media: “Heading home today. It’s been a long trip, great and not so great experiences for me but all good learning and I’m grateful for the opportunities to keep moving forwards.
“Looking forward to taking a few days off and seeing my friends at home before firing it up again for Davis Cup in Darwin.
“I may even write a cheeky blog on the flight!!”
Kyrgios spent part of Monday night in the Wimbledon Village with close mate Jack Sock as controversy continued to dog him.
Fated to slip out of the top 40 when the world rankings are updated on Monday, Kyrgios is devastated by Dawn Fraser’s racist comments about him and Bernard Tomic.
MENTOR WANTED: Australia's Nick Kyrgios returns the serve of Richard Gasquet during his fourth round loss at Wimbledon.
Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS