Why Nick Kyrgios will never win a grand slam

andresilva10 Roar Pro

By andresilva10, andresilva10 is a Roar Pro


21 Have your say

    Skill. Technique. Power. Nick has the tennis world at his feet. This kid has so much potential, but talent can only take you so far in the end.

    When Bernard Tomic burst onto the scene, everyone had big expectations for him and were expecting a top 10 player by now. It can still happen down the line, but having a successful career seems unlikely.

    Kyrgios, compared to Tomic, is on a different level. He has the modern day strength of a powerful serve which helps him go a long way.

    However, there are reasons as to why the Australian public have turned on him and have found it hard to love him.

    Arrogance is the biggest issue. Press conferences, on-court tantrums swearing and tanking have led to him losing his cool and in most cases losing matches which he should be winning comfortably. The second round of the Australian Open this year against Italian Andreas Seppi was a great example, leading two sets to love, and then someone loses in five sets.

    Age is no excuse anymore. Being 22 years of age is no teenager as far as I’m concerned. He is old enough to make his own decisions, but judging by his continuous antics, he will never learn from his mistakes.

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia wipes his face with a towel

    (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Even with new coach Sebastian Grosjean in his corner, he was still unprepared against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday. Going off injured after losing the two sets, it shows his ‘cockiness’ in a way because it seems as though he feels no hard work is required.

    Back to the Australian Open this year, he blamed his loss to Seppi due to playing too much basketball and a lack of preparation. It has to make Australian tennis fans wonder, is tennis Nick’s priority?

    In order to win a grand slam, you need the right mentality. I personally have given him too many chances to think that he will someday win one.

    At 22, if the attitude isn’t right, then I don’t buy that he is “young and will learn” or “John McEnroe was the same.” John McEnroe had a winning mentality and wore his heart on his sleeve every game (even if he showed too much passion at times) but you would never see him give up and tank games like Nick has done in the past.

    The boy from Canberra reminds me a lot of footballer Mario Balotelli. An absolute talent and should undoubtedly be one of the world’s best right now at 26. Instead his attitude and ego has led to a decline, highlighting that talent only gets you so far. Kyrgios is deciding to follow that exact same path, and there have been no signs to suggest he will change his ways.

    Nick will without a doubt have his highs along the way, but unfortunately it won’t include a grand slam title. If I end up being right, he will only have himself to blame and will have regrets for the rest of his life.

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    Oldest | Newest | Most Recent

    The Crowd Says (21)

    • July 5th 2017 @ 8:46am
      Michaelj said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

      It’s not just Kyrgios.
      Tennis in Australia was thrown overboard in the late 1970s when the best coaches flew the coop. It was probably a fatal blow in a world opening up to the game, because we lost our best asset.

      • July 5th 2017 @ 10:07am
        BrainsTrust said | July 5th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

        The best coaches?
        Rosewall and Laver grew up in an age when people had tennis courts at home.Coaching does not beat having the convenience of being able to play tennis every day whenever you feel like it. Bigger houses, small blocks of land, pool would be the first choice over a tennis court, and there goes the suburban tennis court. Now you need to rely on tennis parents..

      • July 6th 2017 @ 3:14am
        Realist said | July 6th 2017 @ 3:14am | ! Report

        It sounds like a terrible thing to say but if Kyrgios and Tomic were to have a high-speed collision on the autostrada and no one else was injured – it wouldn’t be the worst result for Australian Tennis nor (immediate family excluded) the world.
        Tennis Australia are going to have to face up to the problem and give these Eastern European and petulant teen prodigies the swerve for the good of the sport and national reputation.
        If there is a crowd funding campaign to have these guys beaten into shape please let me know about it

        • July 10th 2017 @ 7:23pm
          Rabbits said | July 10th 2017 @ 7:23pm | ! Report

          Ah, finally someone I see eye to eye with on this topic.

    • July 5th 2017 @ 8:48am
      Tim said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      He lost at WIMBLEDON!

      • July 5th 2017 @ 8:58am
        Tim said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        Thanasi will end up best of them. He fought well against Delpo last night.

      • Roar Pro

        July 5th 2017 @ 8:58am
        andresilva10 said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        @Tim thanks for picking up on that error 🙂
        I was thinking of His debut at the 2013 French Open when I wrote it

    • July 5th 2017 @ 8:56am
      James said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

      I think Thanasi will end up the best of the lot. He has the big serve, the ground strokes and the will to win and fight for points that the other two are lacking. If he can improve his net game, he will be top 20 in no time.

      • Roar Pro

        July 5th 2017 @ 9:32am
        andresilva10 said | July 5th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

        And it seems like he has the right attitude on and off the court, which is the most important thing

    • July 5th 2017 @ 8:59am
      Keggas said | July 5th 2017 @ 8:59am | ! Report

      Damned if he does damned if he doesn’t.

      Easy article to write taking a whack at a bloke who is easy to take a whack at.

      He has a serious injury , which he re-injured less than 2 weeks ago and yet he still fronted up to Wimbledon and had a crack. He probably should have withdrawn before the tournament because he was clearly not right.

      But then blokes like you would be writing articles saying he doesn’t care about Wimbledon and is soft for not playing.

      I am guessing that you missed the part of his post match interview where he said that he is trying to delay his much needed surgery so he can play Davis Cup later in the year.

      Damned if he does damned if he doesn’t.

      • Roar Pro

        July 5th 2017 @ 9:37am
        andresilva10 said | July 5th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

        It’s his fault for making it so easy for journalists.
        If he had any brains, why wouldn’t he sit out of Wimbledon and recover for the Davis cup….
        Federer didn’t take part in the French Open because he wants to give himself the best chance of winning Wimbledon….

        • Roar Guru

          July 5th 2017 @ 1:29pm
          Matt H said | July 5th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

          If you look at it, there were a number of injured players playing in the first round that were never going to last a game. But they need to show up to get their first round losing pay cheque, which at 35,000 pounds is not too shabby. For some of the lower guys that is a major part of their pay for the year. And they may have sponsor bonuses tied in as well.

          So they turn up even if not fit because all they have to do is get onto the court to get the money. Look at the opponents for Djoker and Federer in Round 1.

          The tennis tour has caused this problem by providing too high a pay cheque for losing in round 1. Maybe prizemoney should start in round two, so the players have to be fit enough to at least win a match. But then lower ranked players would really struggle financially whenever they get drawn against a top seed. Or maybe each player has to be ticked off by a tournament doctor. I suspect if that were the case that doctor would be going home with a series of $5,000 brown paper bags. So I don’t know what the answer is.

        • July 5th 2017 @ 1:55pm
          Matt said | July 5th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

          Wimbledon is his best slam. He took a punt on getting through playing with the pain and came up short. He isn’t the first person to play their favourite tournament and re-injure themselves. Most people aren’t bagging him for having a dig. When he doesn’t have a dig then he is open for criticism. But in this case the criticism isn’t warranted. Federer not playing the French is in a different category. He isn’t injured he is just being selective with the tournaments he is playing. Stop bagging a bloke for having a go.

          • July 7th 2017 @ 10:48am
            Bakkies said | July 7th 2017 @ 10:48am | ! Report

            Krygios shouldn’t have gone to Roland Garros if he wasn’t in shape. Playing on a slow surface where you have to slide to move around and bend your back physically to generate pace doesn’t help your conditioning.

    • July 5th 2017 @ 9:28am
      Michaelj said | July 5th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Young guys are invariably angry and rebellious. The best coaches know how to channel that reckless spirit into a positive.

    • July 5th 2017 @ 12:46pm
      Jock Cornet said | July 5th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

      He’s injured because he is soft. He has not done the work. Take a look at Nadal who is super tough.

      • July 5th 2017 @ 1:23pm
        Nate said | July 5th 2017 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

        Because Nadal has never been injured? What a crock!

      • Roar Guru

        July 5th 2017 @ 1:30pm
        Matt H said | July 5th 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

        Nadal has had more weeks off the tour than just about anybody. He is tough bugger, but Kyrgios has a chronic hip injury. I’d imagine his mobility around the court, serve and even balance on his ground strokes would be a mess right now.