Simon Rea set to return to NZ
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.