Kyr­gios worries McEn­roe

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JOHN McEn­roe fears Nick Kyr­gios’s vol­canic men­tal­ity is as much of a li­a­bil­ity as the Aus­tralian’s wonky left hip ahead of the start of Wim­ble­don tonight.

With Kyr­gios ( above) labour­ing un­der in­jury, triple All Eng­land Club cham­pion McEn­roe fears the Can­ber­ran’s pen­chant for im­plo­sion might re- emerge.

Asked to as­sess Kyr­gios, McEn­roe said: “Un­pre­dictable.

“I think his best chance of win­ning some­thing big would be here, but he doesn’t seem as if men­tally he’s ready yet.

“I mean, ev­ery­thing’s there but he’s been injured, too.

“So that makes him pretty much an un­known quan­tity but this should be his best chance.

“This guy has the most tal­ent, out and out ten­nis tal­ent and phys­i­cal at­tributes, of any­one out there.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of peo­ple who’d want to get their hands on him be­cause he could be the best player in the world.”

Kyr­gios faces French­man Pierre- Hugues Her­bert in the open­ing round, but McEn­roe says the 20th seed will strug­gle un­less he fully com­mits – injured or not.

“In terms of tal­ent, he’s got an in­cred­i­ble amount but I’m not gonna put him with Roger Fed­erer, the great­est player who’s ever lived, and ( Rafael) Nadal,” McEn­roe said.

“Tal­ent is men­tal strength and tal­ent is phys­i­cal strength. It’s not just how well you hit the ball or how hard you serve or how well you move on court.

“He hasn’t been able to put it al­to­gether, which con­cerns me, be­cause he’s got some­thing and he at­tracts at­ten­tion.”

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