Kyrgios worries McEnroe
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.”