You cannot be Kyrgios!

Published: 19 June 2017

Nick may already have taken a few racket-throwing tips from John

Nick gives McEnroe’s coaching idea a serve

Nick may already have taken a few racket-throwing tips from John
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Nick Kyrgios has given a terse Aussie response to the idea of John McEnroe coaching him.

"He's dreaming," Kyrgios snapped, when asked about the prospect ahead of this week's Queen's Club tournament in London.

McEnroe recently discussed the intriguing possibility of a part-time coaching role with the Australian firebrand.

McEnroe has been a fierce critic of the mercurial Kyrgios at times, questioning his mental toughness, but he has also been a big admirer of his talent.

Commentating at the French Open, McEnroe said that, if he were to take any part-time coaching job: "The guy that would make the most sense on paper would be Nick Kyrgios because we are two head cases."

He did add: "But mentally we are a bit wacky."

One thing Kyrgios doesn’t seem to need any help with is his tantrum throwing.

Though perhaps there’s something in this idea. With their powers combined, they could help Kyrgios chuck the ultimate tennis wobbly, the all time grand slamtrum!

Ah well, we can dream.

At number 20 in the world, Kyrgios has been usurped by fellow young guns Alex Zverev and Dominic Thiem in the race for a spot the world's top 10.

Twenty-year-old German Zverev, 23-year-old Austrian Thiem and Kyrgios, 22, are widely viewed as potential next superstars of the sport, with Zverev stamping his credentials by beating Novak Djokovic in last month's Italian Open final.

However, Kyrgios denies feeling any inferiority as he heads towards Wimbledon next month.

"I've never lost to him so I don't look at it and think 'it should have been me'," Kyrgios said of Zverev.

"He's a great player and does everything right. He's very professional.

"His consistency seems to be pretty good. He's playing deep through tournaments.

"He's so young and has amazing potential and is going to be contending for grand slams.

"But has he made the quarter-final of a grand slam? No. I've made two."

Kyrgios's brilliance and on-court antics make him a box office draw in world tennis, with Queen's Club tournament preferring him to world number 1 Andy Murray, to front the competition's main draw on Saturday.

But for all his ability, the Canberran admits retaining focus is still a challenge.

"I am not thinking about top five (ranking) at the moment," he said.

"I am just trying to get through every day, trying to play and put as much effort in as I can," he said.

"Because I know when I start thinking ahead, how much time I have ahead, goals and stuff, I'll start losing motivation and won't try."

One player Kyrgios believes can become a top-10 player is compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis, on the comeback trail after injury wiped out his 2016 season and dropped him from 65 to 993 in the world.

The 21-year-old South Australian has been handed a wildcard for Queen's where he'll play Milos Raonic first up.

"Hitting with him today, his level is so high," Kyrgios said.

"As soon as he gets his body right and as soon as he gets some more luck, he'll be right up there with Zverev and Thiem.

"If he's healthy he'll produce. Look at what he did against (Kei) Nishikori at the French Open.

"He took him to four, nearly five sets in only his second match back."

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