TEN­NIS HOPE

Inside Sport - - COMEBACKS -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Nick Kyr­gios on his out­stand­ing achieve­ment at Wim­ble­don in reach­ing the men’s quar­ter-fi­nals. For him to fight back from two sets to love down and de­feat Richard Gas­quet took great courage and re­solve; then to de­feat Rafael Nadal showed a ma­tu­rity be­yond his years.

With a power game re­sem­bling the great Pete Sam­pras’, ¡su­perb ath­leti­cism for a man of his size, and a hunger to suc­ceed, Kyr­gios has all the right in­gre­di­ents to make it to the top.

But what also im­pressed me was the hu­mil­ity that he dis­played af­ter de­feat­ing both Nadal and Gas­quet and the way he ac­cepted his de­feat against Mi­los Raonic.

Let’s hope Kyr­gios can main­tain his fo­cus and not get dis­tracted by all the at­ten­tion and adu­la­tion that’s com­ing his way. If he can, then he has the world at his feet.

If Bernard Tomic could de­velop the same work ethic and fo­cus on his ten­nis, we’d have even more rea­son to be op­ti­mistic about Grand Slam suc­cess in the fu­ture.

Garry Ja­cobs, Arun­del, Qld

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