Nick Kyrgios urged not to waste 'Roger Federer-esque' talent and seek help – EXCLUSIVE


Kyrgios claimed he stayed up until 3am playing FIFA and ate burger and chips before his double matchday at Queen’s Club on Thursday.

Mentally, the Australian was nowhere near 100 per cent focussed on attempting to reach the quarter-finals of the Fever-Tree Championships.

He called the umpire a “nutter” and accused the one line judge of “rigging” his first-round win over Roberto Carballes Baena.

Kyrgios caused further controversy in his defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime by swearing at the crowd and officials once again.

The 23-year-old was consequently slapped with a £13,766 ($17,500) fine for his antics and former British No 1 Rusedski feels Kyrgios just needs to start enjoying tennis again.

“First of all I would like to say that I like Nick as a person off the court,” Amazon Prime pundit Greg Rusedski told Express Sport.

“I think he is a good guy but I think he needs help to be honest with you.

“I think he needs someone to work with him outside of tennis.

“If I was working with Nick I would say ‘ok, let’s just play 12 tournaments a year, but every time you show up you have to have the right attitude and the right behaviour’.

“He stepped out of line and you can’t constantly have that behaviour. There’s something that has to be done.

“For me, as a person, why is he behaving like that on the court? That’s where he needs someone to work with him from that point of view so he knows why he is doing that.

“I don’t think he has had that yet. For me it is unacceptable that behaviour on a tennis court.”

Rusedski believes Kyrgios has the talent of 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer but lacks the application.

“I don’t even think it’s about tennis to be honest,” he added.

“He is one of the most talented players I have ever seen in my life. His ability is off the scale. It is Federer-esque. The talent he has for doing stuff with a tennis ball is incredible.

“For me it is the person. He needs to find that passion for tennis. He needs that reason.

“He doesn’t look like he is enjoying himself and on top of that, I don’t know why he is behaving like that but I’d like to see him get some help.

“I think he is a good person but he doesn’t do himself service by his behaviour on the court always.”

Amazon Prime is broadcasting every match from Queen’s Club this week on their Prime Video service.


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