Curious Kyrgios

As a tennis fan, you watch extremely talented players like Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and wonder … WHY?  Why does he do what he does and why is he not up at the top of the rankings?

Beating Nadal

At the Mexican Open, Curious Kyrgios saved three match points on his way to a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory over (one of my favorites) Rafa Nadal.  And the match was not without controversy.

Kyrgios served underhanded late on during the match against the Spaniard.  And afterwards, Nadal said: “He’s a player who has the talent to win Grand Slams – a player who can fight for the top rankings, but there’s a reason he is where he is.”

Who Loves Ya?

At Newk’s Fantasy camp, when asked, the Aussie Legends all just shake their heads at how Kyrgios (and other young Australian Bernie Tomic) act on and off the court.  And when asked about him, former-Federer coach Paul Annacone said he “would not be interested in coaching him, no matter the money.”

And then in the final at Acapulco vs. the talented Zverev, Kyrgios is totally professional and cruises to a straight-set victory and his fifth title.

So, is someone like Nick Kyrgios good or bad for the game of tennis?

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2 thoughts on “Curious Kyrgios

  1. Though I am not a Kyrgios fan, I think that he is good for the game…he attracts younger, “bad boy” fans, and he is fairly entertaining when he’s on his best behavior. we need young, popular players to keep the fan base alive.

    Scoot, he is “entertaining.” thanks, george

  2. For fans and non-fans of Nick Kyrgios, go to for a comprehensive (and hilarious) review of his performances last week in Acapulco, defying the crowd and Nadal, Wawrinka, & Zverev in succession.

    Sean, i agree… good article. Here is a piece… “Nick Kyrgios is a 23-year-old Australian tennis player who seems to have been designed in a laboratory for the sole purpose of driving people crazy. Kyrgios is very good at tennis—in 2018, John McEnroe called him the most talented player he’d seen in the past 10 years—but when it comes to driving people wild, he is breathtakingly, transcendently great. He is maddening in ways they never anticipated, along vectors they’ve never seen; he is a tireless innovator in the craft of mass irritation. He can cause fans to go absolutely nuts whether he wins or loses. McEnroe himself has spent a good chunk of the past five years complaining about Kyrgios, and McEnroe is probably the greatest tennis player of all time at driving people wild. Being found intensely annoying by John McEnroe is a high honor for any exasperating person. It’s like Beethoven humming your melody.”

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