WATCH—Court Report from November 28th:
Former Grand Slam champions are calling on Nick Kyrgios to get his game together and compete with the top players.
Kyrgios, who has been in the Top 15, is now No. 35 in the rankings. The 23-year-old has been frequently injured and has had his effort questioned repeatedly at recent tournaments.
John McEnroe was asked about the Aussie and called him “the most talented player I’ve seen in 10 years” —but is concerned about his lack of motivation.
“The difference between me and him is that I tried all the time,” McEnroe told AAP. “He doesn’t. For whatever reason. I’m not Sigmund Freud. It’d be good for the sport and obviously it’d be good for him. That goes without saying. Nick’s a real nice kid. But he’s going to run himself out of the game this way, which I don’t want to see. But that’s what’s going to happen."
Kyrgios won the title in Brisbane and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, but otherwise did little other than reaching the semifinals of Stuttgart and Queen's. He has recently said he is speaking to psychologists.
Lleyton Hewitt pointed to Kyrgios' decision to consult psychologists as positive, and noted that he also needs to get fitter.
"It's just been another frustrating year, especially not being able to finish the year as he would have liked," said Hewitt, speaking to AAP. "And that's where he's got to get back what he wants from the game and doing all the right rehab and prehab. Otherwise it will be the same scenario."