Courier be­lieves Raonic test could ben­e­fit Kyr­gios

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - RE­BECCA WIL­LIAMS

TWO-TIME Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Jim Courier says Nick Kyr­gios’s tough open­ing round draw against big-serv­ing Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic tonight could be a bless­ing in dis­guise.

Courier said the test­ing match-up against the Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist would mean Kyr­gios had no room for com­pla­cency.

“He’s go­ing to need to come out of the blocks hot,’’ Courier said.

“His draw is dif­fi­cult. But that may ben­e­fit him be­cause there is no mar­gin for er­ror when you play some­one of Raonic’s cal­i­bre in the first round.

“When Nick’s pay­ing at­ten­tion he is a real threat to go deep. It may end up ben­e­fit­ing him that he has such a tricky draw at the start. Any­one knows that he has the abil­ity to beat any­one on any given day.’’ Kry­gios is un­seeded after a rank­ings slide in 2018 that has seen him fall to No.52.

The mer­cu­rial tal­ent, who reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of his home grand slam in 2015, re­vealed pre-tour­na­ment he was in a “good spot men­tally”.

Courier said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing a re­freshed Kyr­gios at his best.

“He sounded like he had had a really nice off-sea­son at home,’’ Courier said.

“There is plenty of open roads for Nick, he has a lot of time. He has plenty of time in front of him but ev­ery day is valu­able.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.