Si­mon Rea set to return to NZ

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - DAVID LONG

Si­mon Rea, who mas­ter­minded the suc­cess of Nick Kyr­gios, is re­turn­ing to New Zealand to help bring through the next wave of play­ers from this coun­try.

It is be­lieved Ten­nis NZ will an­nounce on Tues­day that the 34-year-old will be con­firmed as Ten­nis New Zealand’s high per­for­mance di­rec­tor, and so will over­see the fed­er­a­tion’s per­for­mance pro­gramme.

Rea started work with Ten­nis Aus­tralia as a na­tional academy when he re­tired as a player in 2008 and brought through Kyr­gios, tak­ing him from 843 in the world to a break­through win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014. Rea has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and a proven track record of tak­ing a player to the top, some­thing that’s been lack­ing at Ten­nis NZ.

For all Kyr­gios’ faults around his on court be­hav­iour, he is one of the best young play­ers on the cir­cuit and looks des­tined to even­tu­ally win a grand slam. It’s also worth not­ing that Kyr­gios’ an­tics have got con­sid­er­ably worse since part­ing with Rea.

Rea split with Kyr­gios soon af­ter that break­through win over Nadal, with Kyr­gios stat­ing he wanted to spend more time in Can­berra, rather than be in Mel­bourne, where Rea and Ten­nis Aus­tralia are based. When mak­ing the an­nounce­ment that he wouldn’t be work­ing with Rea in the fu­ture, Kyr­gios was full of praise for him.

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