Becker backs Nick

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

BORIS Becker has pleaded with Nick Kyr­gios’ crit­ics to cut the embattled Aus­tralian some slack, pre­dict­ing the con­tro­ver­sial fire­brand will even­tu­ally win Wim­ble­don.

A triple All Eng­land Club cham­pion, Becker watched Kyr­gios plum­met out of con­tention with first- round re­tire­ment to France’s Pierre- Hugues Her­bert with a chronic hip com­plaint.

Becker, who won Wim­ble­don twice as a teenager, says there are sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the way he was treated in Ger­many to how Kyr­gios is scorned in Aus­tralia.

“He’s a proud Aus­tralian,” Becker said. “He’s rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in Davis Cup and done very well.

“He’s a young man, he’s de­vel­op­ing but he’s an un­be­liev­able tal­ent.

“Is he per­fect? No. But was John McEn­roe per­fect? Was I per­fect? No.

“Play­ers with a bit of char­ac­ter, a bit of dash, we are dif­fer­ent.”

Becker told Fox Sports Kyr­gios would re­group from Mon­day’s sav­age dis­ap­point­ment to be­come a Wim­ble­don cham­pion.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing. I saw on his face that he’s re­ally, re­ally down on him­self,” the for­mer world No. 1 said.

“I’m sure he’ll win this ti­tle one day. He’s got the qual­ity, he’s got char­ac­ter, the con­fi­dence – bor­der­line ar­ro­gance – that you need to play on cen­tre court.

“But he’s been strug­gling with that hip. He has to fix it, see the right doc­tors, take some time off, do the right re­hab be­cause, bot­tom line, it’s a wasted Wim­ble­don.

“Bot­tom line, he loves ten­nis, he loves win­ning. Give him some more time.

“He’s got it all, in my opin­ion he’s a fu­ture Wim­ble­don cham­pion. He’s got the men­tal­ity, he’s got the firepower, he’s got the serve, he’s got the au­dac­ity, he’s got the ar­ro­gance, he’s got it all. He needs to put it to­gether.”

Kyr­gios will con­sult a Lon­don spe­cial­ist to gauge the true ex­tent of the hip in­jury.

“Prob­a­bly get an MRI to­mor­row,” Kyr­gios said af­ter log­ging his worst Wim­ble­don re­sult in four at­tempts. “Hope­fully get an in­jec­tion or some­thing, do re­hab, and get healthy, I guess. I can’t re­ally do any­thing.

“You know, it’s just a bit unlucky what hap­pened. I mean, yeah, there’s worse things in the world.

“Yeah, I don’t think it’s ca­reer- end­ing or any­thing like that.”

UNLUCKY: Aus­tralia’s Nick Kyr­gios re­ceives treat­ment be­fore re­tir­ing from his first round match at Wim­ble­don.

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