Nick Kyrgios can turn out to be international celebrity, says Boris Becker


By: Reuters | Melbourne |
Up to date: January 14, 2018 2:52 pm

Australian Open 2018 will begin from Monday. Nick Kyrgios of Australia holds his trophy after profitable his closing match on the Brisbane Worldwide tennis event in Brisbane. (AP)

Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios is able to win over his doubters and might turn out to be an ‘international sporting superstar’ in keeping with former world primary Boris Becker. No residence participant has received the Australian males’s title since Mark Edmondson in 1976 however hopes are hovering that Kyrgios might finish that lengthy wait after his spectacular begin to the 12 months. The 22-year-old, ranked 17th on the earth, received the Brisbane title within the build-up to his residence slam and Becker says the person who divides opinion like no different in Australia is lastly starting to seem like the actual deal.

“There has never been a question mark over his talent but there was a question mark about his discipline,” Becker, commentating for Eurosport, informed Reuters. “But he’s getting it together now. It would be wonderful to see him get to the quarters or semi-finals. He has a huge following and is slowly getting it together. It’s great. I am a huge fan of Nick.”

Kyrgios’s antics and unruly behaviour have rightly attracted scorn. He was accused of ‘tanking’ a match towards Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon in 2015 and was booed by his personal followers final 12 months when he suffered a meltdown to lose to Andreas Seppi in 5 units within the second spherical at Melbourne.

He has additionally mentioned that some days he doesn’t even like enjoying tennis, though Becker says that may very well be a smokescreen for coping with the inevitable highlight that got here his manner after he shocked Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014. “He has a very interesting personality and doesn’t make it easy for himself at times,” the German mentioned. “However he should love tennis in any other case he couldn’t do the issues he’s doing.

“He’s not as clean cut as some Australians would like to see. But he could be an international superstar in sport, with his multi-ethnic background, his style, the ear rings. “He is very much the guy all 22-year-olds want to be. I just hope he concentrates a little more on his tennis because it would be wonderful for the sport.”

Kyrgios performs Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva within the first spherical however faces a tricky path to make a deep run. French former runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may very well be ready in spherical three with world quantity three Grigor Dimitrov, who he beat on the way in which to the Brisbane title, a attainable opponent within the final 16.

Three-times Australian Open winner Mats Wilander believes Kyrgios has proven an enormous enchancment in his angle however has considerations over his sturdiness after a spate of hip niggles. “I think he seems to be mentally in the right place and he showed that in Brisbane,” the Swede informed Reuters. “Is he ready physically to play seven matches in two weeks? I’m not 100 percent sure.”

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