The Courier-Mail

Kyrgios hits rock bottom as he cops a lecture from McEnroe


FORMER world No.1 John McEnroe says Nick Kyrgios is buckling under pressure and has urged the Australian to look to calmer contempora­ries to pull himself back into line.

“He’s having such issues right now,” McEnroe said on ESPN.

“The pressure’s getting to him. As a 20-year-old kid, I did my share of dumb things, inappropri­ate things at times.”

McEnroe’s on-court antics earned him the nickname Superbrat, but the gifted lefthander believes Kyrgios can make better use of his energy.

“I think he’d be well-served to look at the guys like (Rafael) Nadal, the guys that go out there, tremendous effort play- ers,” he said. “He can’t afford to waste as much energy as he’s wasting with these sort of offcourt comments.

“He’s tremendous­ly talented. He’s charismati­c. He’s got a look that’s different.

“He brings something to the table.”

McEnroe’s advice came shortly after another legend had a lightheart­ed poke at Kyrgios. “Behave, young man,” 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras reportedly told Kyrgios at a promotiona­l event in New York before next week’s US Open.

Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard tweeted the dig, which she joked was the “highlight of the night” attended by current and former champions including Serena Williams, Nadal, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova.

World No.37 Kyrgios, the lowest-ranked player at the event, mixed with the all-star cast and managed to avoid any of his usual controvers­y.

The 20-year-old later retweeted Bouchard’s post along with many other photos of himself at the event.

Hours earlier the ATP announced Kyrgios had been found guilty of “aggravated behaviour” for his lewd on-court sledging of French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

The ATP imposed a suspended 28-day ban and $US25,000 ($A34,280) fine.

 ??  ?? TWO ACES: Maria Sharapova, adding to the star power on the way back to Brisbane.
TWO ACES: Maria Sharapova, adding to the star power on the way back to Brisbane.

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