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He is one of the most talked-about players in the game yet, Nick Kyrgios rarely makes the second week of a major tournament and may even be close to calling time on his tennis career.
Now seven-time Grand Slam singles champion has suggested Kyrgios has the talent to beat anyone in the sport, in comments that suggest he believes the Aussie maverick has wasted his career.
McEnroe believes Kyrgios may be blessed with more talent than any other player in the game over the last decade, but his lack of discipline continues to cost him.
“I like Nick as a person, I coached him at the Laver Cup four times. He’s a good kid,” McEnroe told Eurosport.
“But it’s tough to watch because he’s so talented, so great for the game. I would love to see him step up and be in the top five or six players, where I think he belongs.
“I feel bad in a way because you see him make shots like this, play points like this, look at the crowd, they love him.
“The guy brings it. I would absolutely love to see him fulfil his potential or get even close to it.”
When asked what stopped Kyrgios from winning the match, McEnroe replied: “Between his ears, that’s what’s missing.
“He’s got great game. I would say tennis-wise, the most talented player I’ve seen in the last 10 years. But you also have to bring what it takes to compete on a day in, day out basis.
“Look at Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. These consummate pros who do whatever it takes to win and they look at Nick, they realise he’s great for the game.
“He’s got a personality, he’s a smart kid, he’s a good kid, everyone likes him. He’s a fantastic talent but you’ve got to be able to put it together, you’ve got to be able to compete on a regular basis and unfortunately, Nick hasn’t been able to do that for a while.”
McEnroe also had some forthright views on the Novak Djokovic Australian visa saga, as he suggested the Serbian’s story lacked some clarity.
“I’m still trying to figure out why he would meet with a journalist if, in fact, he had Covid and not tell the journalist, I find that hard to believe,” said McEnroe.
“He has made it somewhat more difficult for himself by not getting vaccinated. That’s complicated things for trying to defend titles that he won.”
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