Don’t com­pare me to Bernie: Kyr­gios

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

NICK Kyr­gios has ad­mit­ted to tank­ing against lowranked play­ers but says it’s un­fair to lump him with a “lost” Bernard Tomic.

As he pre­pared to lead Aus­tralia into Davis Cup bat­tle against Bel­gium in Brus­sels overnight, Kyr­gios opened up on his re­la­tion­ship with Tomic, who re­mains in ex­ile af­ter a dis­as­trous 2017 cam­paign.

The two former ju­nior grand slam tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons were jostling for Aus­tralia’s top rank­ing last year be­fore Tomic tum­bled to 146th in the world and Kyr­gios soared into the top 15 for the first time.

While Kyr­gios, 22, ad­mit­ted he was still “not the pro­fes­sional tennis needs me to be”, he said Tomic was an even greater co­nun­drum.

“Bernie has lost his way,” he said.

“We were pretty good mates when I was younger.

“I ob­vi­ously didn’t know the tennis tour too well back then and we were guys of sim­i­lar age, rep­re­sent­ing the same coun­try, on the road at many of the same tour­na­ments, but a lot has changed since then.

“He needs to fig­ure out what he wants to do.

“I can’t re­late to any­thing he says any more. He says one thing and he does the other. And he con­tra­dicts him­self all the time.

“He says tennis doesn’t make him happy, that he doesn’t re­ally like the game, yet he says the only thing that will re­ally make him happy is win­ning a grand slam. It doesn’t make sense at all.”

Kyr­gios, who was banned from the ATP Tour last year for not giv­ing his best ef­forts in a lame loss at the Shang­hai Masters, con­ceded he wasn’t per­fect, ei­ther.

But he’s try­ing to get it to­gether un­der the Aus­tralian Davis Cup lead­er­ship of men­tor Lley­ton He­witt.

“When I’m in the right frame of mind, I feel un­beat­able,” he said on the web­site play­ersvoice.com.au.

“That pe­riod this year where I beat No­vak Djokovic a cou­ple of times in a row in Aca­pulco and In­dian Wells?

“It’s against the low­er­ranked guys on the back courts where I can’t get it to- gether and tank. Ob­vi­ously, my grand slam sea­son has been ter­ri­ble.

“I meant what I said straight af­ter los­ing to John Mill­man in New York.

“Maybe it’s time for (coach) Se­bas­tian Gros­jean to work with some­one more ded­i­cated than me.”

Nick Kyr­gios ad­mits even he can’t re­late to Bernard Tomic (in­set) ahead of the Davis Cup tie with Bel­gium.

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