John McEnroe has opened the door to potentially coaching Nick Kyrgios and says the Australian bad boy of tennis can be a top five player in the world if he changes his mentality.
Kyrgios exited Wimbledon in the second round, losing to semi-finalist Rafael Nadal, and admitted afterwards that there are several areas he could improve on, saying: I probably havent trained enough. I dont have a coach. I havent been doing enough gym.
The 24-year-old has been without a coach for much of his professional career, but McEnroe – who worked with Milos Raonic previously – might be tempted to team up.
Asked about the possibility on BBC Radio 5 live, the seven-time Grand Slam winner said: It would be a hell of an opportunity and, boy, it would be a tough gig, but…
It would be interesting. People ask me that all the time. They do ask me about Nick.
McEnroe, Henman & Cash discuss Kyrgios
Caller: Youre the man to coach Nick Kyrgios, youve been there and done it.
Pat Cash: Yes, I think youre right.
Tim Henman: Everyones got a price.
McEnroe: Yeah, well, it would be a hell of an opportunity and, boy, it would be a tough gig, but…
Henman: It would be a hell of a partnership.
McEnroe: It would be. It would be interesting. People ask me that all the time. They do ask me about Nick.
Henman: Whats one above volatile? Whats the sort of next level above?
McEnroe: The next level above Kyrgios? [laughing]
Kyrgios has often been criticised for tanking in matches, only seeming to motivate himself when he takes on a big name, and McEnroe believes he would compete for titles if he can change his attitude.
The American continued: Is he good for the game? Yes hes good for the game. Does he sell tickets? Yes. I cant handle the fact that he only tries half the time. We cant support that anymore. I dont think he should be out there anymore unless he gives an honest effort – thats my personal opinion.