Nick Kyrgios shows us why we cannot believe in him

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    Nick Kyrgios is talented, exuberant, jaw-dropping and damn frustrating. The 21-year-old Australian bowed out of the U.S Open singles draw in four sets to compatriot John Millman.

    Coming off one of the best tournaments of his career in Cincinnati, where he defeated World number one Rafael Nadal en route to the final, Kyrgios was touted by many as an outside threat to claim his first Grand Slam title in New York.

    However, seemingly bothered by a shoulder injury suffered in the match, Kyrgios committed a number of unforced errors, double faults and code violations as bemused spectators and commentators looked on.

    “My shoulder was hurting,” the frustrated Australian said post-match.

    “I wasn’t feeling it at all and then on one serve I lost power in my arm. Just on my serve.

    “One serve, then completely dead. It’s do dead and numb. It’s incredibly weak. It’s just so annoying.”

    Kyrgios also talked about his “diabolical” performances at majors in 2017, saying that it doesn’t surprise him. The Australian was visibly frustrated at himself in his post-match press conference, but much of it was his own doing.

    Over the past decade and a half, tennis has been blessed with an array of champions such as Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic – players who fought through incredible pain and adversity both when there were thousands of onlookers and when it was just the, a coach and a hitting partner for hours on end.

    This is what it takes to be truly great in the tennis world, a sport where the differences between success and failure can be so minute. Preparation, physically and mentally, pain tolerance, the ability to handle extreme adversity and the will to win while being outplayed by an opponent are paramount more so than ever in the modern game.

    Kyrgios does not have these traits all the time. He has them some of the time, but by his own admission, that is not enough to be an elite player on tour.

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia wipes his face with a towel

    (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    “I’m not dedicated to the game at all. (My coach) helped me a lot, especially with the training, in training sessions, but there are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day (do the) one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”

    When asked by a reporter whether he wants to become extremely dedicated to his tennis, he replied “I really don’t know … probably not. Honestly not.”

    With the recent emergence of a younger brigade of players led by Dennis Shapovalov and Alexander Zverev, but also consisting of Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev and Karen Kachanov, Kyrgios could find that before long the game will have passed him by.

    Shapovalov, having been granted two matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S Open already, is in the position Kyrgios found himself in recent years. But as the Australian finds himself scheduled more frequently on the outer courts, his star is slowly, but surely, fading.

    The only way for Kyrgios to rectify this trend is to win matches, work hard, and perhaps more importantly, return to the enthusiastic teenager that Australia fell in love with in 2014.

    Perhaps encouraging for Nick is the Davis Cup semi-final tie which Australia has with Belgium, beginning on 15 September in Brussels, Belgium. Davis Cup has brought the best out of Kyrgios in 2017, although that hasn’t always been the case.

    Kyrgios has grown fond of the team environment which the week of training prior to the tie involves, and has played his best tennis following Australia’s two Davis Cup wins in 2017.

    The tennis world is in Kyrgios’ corner, but until the controversial 21-year-old starts throwing his own punches, he will continue to face an uphill climb.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • September 4th 2017 @ 3:20pm
      Sue said | September 4th 2017 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

      A little while ago, Nick said he didn’t want to be remembered as someone who was a good tennis player. He’d rather be remembered as someone who was kind to people. Nobody seemed to notice that. Perhaps his kindness gets in the way of the fierce and gladiatorial desire to win which top sportspeople need. If he knows they want it, he lets them. And that’s why the guys on the circuit love him. However, he’s wrong of course. You can be kind and still win. Someone should tell him.

      • September 5th 2017 @ 11:20pm
        James said | September 5th 2017 @ 11:20pm | ! Report

        Are you seriously saying that he isnt a top player because he is nice?

        • September 7th 2017 @ 10:20am
          Sue said | September 7th 2017 @ 10:20am | ! Report

          It seems to be part of the mix – watch him at the net next time.

    • September 5th 2017 @ 3:21am
      Johnno said | September 5th 2017 @ 3:21am | ! Report

      The guy is a loser as is Tomic. Tomic is just a tennis journeyman that’s all he’s ever gonna achieve in tennis. 25 now and no grand slams, very unlikely do players win there first grand slam after age 25. He will be 26 next year and has only ever made one grand slam quarter final, what a journey man who gets hyped up way to much. He’s no Agassi or Novak Djokovic or Pat Rafter or Hewitt just a journeyman, Nick is just as bad as well just a bit younger. When are we gonna see these guys in the top 5 and winning 3 or 5 grand slams doesn’t seem to be happening. There resumes will just read tennis journeyman’s(duds). There no different to Wally Masur or Mark Woodforde in the 90’s in singles or Darrin Cahill types.

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        September 6th 2017 @ 6:26pm
        Anindya Dutta said | September 6th 2017 @ 6:26pm | ! Report

        Johnno have a look at the piece I have up on the site on the new generation of players that Justin briefly mentions above. Some of them are pretty exciting. And if Nick gets his act together (honestly he has been getting a bit better in terms of attitude these last few months), he can be a part of their story. Tomic is gone. He might as well stop playing now.

        • September 6th 2017 @ 7:31pm
          Johnno said | September 6th 2017 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

          Good stuff mate will do. Yep Tomic is cooked he’s gone.

    • September 7th 2017 @ 10:17am
      Sue said | September 7th 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report

      Wally Masur said that when Nick beat Nadal a few years ago he was just an enthusiastic brilliant teenager. But they were worried – they knew his world had changed forever. He would never be out of the spotlight again and it would be a matter of coping with it. Masur says Nick is still trying to come to terms with all this and his extreme sensitivity (frequently mentioned in articles) is not helping. Many of the greats, past and present, are on his side and believe he will come through. Let’s hope so. It’s many elements in the media who encourage hate. It’s so unnecessary.

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