In an interview with Sports Sunday, tennis legend John McEnroe admitted that he would love to coach the talented Nick Kyrgios.
In the interview, McEnroe mentioned that Nick Kyrgios, who he has a relationship with, is the most talented player outside of the Big 3 and that he would be tempted to coach Kyrgios.
“Of course I’d be tempted,” he told Sports Sunday.
“He’d be like a no-brainer, if it worked it would be incredible.”
Even though he seemed eager for the opportunity to work with Kyrgios, McEnroe admitted that they likely wouldn’t see eye-to-eye.
“We’d probably be at each other’s throats within minutes, but it would certainly be tempting.”
“Not only with me, it can be with someone else. I’m not the only guy who’s willing and able to do the job.”
“He just doesn’t seem ready to have a coach. First of all, he’s got to be ready to want to do it.”
McEnroe also mentioned that he understood Kyrgios’ issue with living up to expectations and how hard it can truly be.
“I know the expectations weigh heavy on his shoulder and some people have that fear of failure, we all do, it’s just how you handle it,” he said.
“It’s been difficult for him to understand what it takes to bring out the best in himself consistently.”
“As we all know, for people who are around sports and are athletes, it’s not just about how much talent you have, it’s about how much fortitude you have mentally and what type of fitness you put yourself in mentally as well as physically and how deep you’re willing to get. How far will you go to get the win and do what it takes?”
“He should have won some already if he had been able to keep his mind on the job.
“We’ve had these discussions many times, I don’t know if he’ll be able to do it, I hope he does, because I happen to like him and it would be great for the game if he did.”
In addition to John McEnroe, we also happen to like Nick Kyrgios and would love to see him succeed. If the two are able to unite in some form of a partnership, not necessarily coach and player, it would likely be beneficial for Kyrgios.
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