‘Troubled Nick could quit’
Aussie great Pat Cash worried Kyrgios will walk away from tennis
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios made the headlines for all the right reasons at Wimbledon in 2014 when he stunned Richard Gasquet and later Rafael Nadal.
However, that was probably the last time the controversial Kyrgios enjoyed what was being written about him.
The outspoken Aussie has had several emotional outbursts both on and off the court, inviting fines, warnings and the displeasure of numerous opponents.
Most recently, he was pulled up by the ATP for lack of effort in his 6-3 6-1 loss to Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters and fined him $25,000 in addition to the previous $15,000 (for insulting a spectator).
To add insult to injury, the governing body banned him for eight weeks only agreeing to reduce it if he entered a “plan of care” where he sought the help of a sports psychologist.
But former Australian great Pat Cash, who also had a reputation of being volatile, he believes the latest ban could force Kyrgios into quitting tennis. He said: “I wouldn’t be surprised [if he quit] but hopefully that’s not the case.
“Anybody’s got the opportunity to walk away but if it’s not good for his health then I think he should do that.
“But with some good things in place for his health and wellbeing, and a revised schedule he can go out there and enjoy his tennis, which is what we want to see.” Cash, who touted Kyrgios to be “the next guy” after Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray’s reign at the top ended, expressed his disappointment over Tennis Australia’s (TA) alleged failure to provide mental support to players. “Mental health and understanding of where you are as a junior should be as mandatory as hitting forehands and doing stretching before and after a practice session,” added Cash. “I’ve talked to Tennis Australia about it and nothing has been done.”
However, Tennis Australia were quick to dismiss Cash’s allegations and claimed that the players often “have access to two or even three of them [sports psychologists],” TA spokesman Todd Woodbridge told Reuters.