John McEnroe considers Nick Kyrgios as the most talented Tennis player after dominant Big-Four
John McEnroe on Nick Kyrgios: “The most talented and the most skilled of Tennis after big-four.”
The big-three of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal are considered to be the top tier of ATP tour, with them; English star, Andy Murray was once rated as the part of big-three making into big-four. But Andy Murray fell-out of the elite club of big-three due to his injuries.
Seven-time Grand Slam winner, Former world No.1, John McEnroe believes that Nick Kyrgios as the most talented player of ATP tour outside big-three of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. He thinks that Nick has the go-gear-up potential to push himself for titles, but he needs to go-deep to win those deserved titles.
“On talent alone, I put him behind the top three. If you include [Andy] Murray, I’d throw him right behind the obvious three legends, Novak and Rafael and Roger. Murray’s won three so he’d be the next guy. He should have won some already if he had been able to keep his mind on the job,” John McEnroe on Nick Kyrgios.
He talked about will and fitness to go out and push for championships; which all matter for mentality.
“As we all know, people around sports and 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 mentally as well as physically and how deep you’re willing to go. How far you are willing to go to get the win? He’s not been able to do that. I don’t know if he will ever 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,” the American said.
During the conversation, Former World No. 1 was asked a question that If he would coach Nick? He answered yes by attempting a move.
“Of course I’d be tempted. He’d be like a no-brainer if it worked it would be incredible. We’d probably be at each other’s throats within minutes, but it would certainly be tempting,” The American answered Australia’s Sports Sunday.
He revealed: “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.”
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At present, Nick Kyrgios is without a coach but has struck up a relationship with John McEnroe in the past, with the seven-time Grand Slam winner a big believer in the Australian’s talent.
“He just doesn’t seem ready to have a coach. First of all, he’s got to be ready to want to do it,” He further added.
John McEnroe admitted that the biggest hurdle for Nick Kyrgios was combining his talent with his push to go ahead for titles, especially majors.
“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,” Seven-time Grand Slam winner said.
“He is not taking his passion in the right place, otherwise, he would have won a lot.”
“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,” John McEnroe on Nick Kyrgios.