With Grosjean, Kyrgios aims for Top 5: "It's time now to knuckle down"

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"I was kind of just looking for the right person to guide me," Kyrgios says of Grosjean. (AP)

Nick Kyrgios says he is ready to have a coach again as he aims to get to the next level of the game.

The 22-year-old had not had a coach since 2015, but recently appointed former world No. 4 Sebastien Grosjean to work with him on a part-time basis. 

"I definitely knew that to get to maybe Top 5 and to really contend at Slams I probably needed someone in my corner that could help me at times," Kyrgios told press following a first-round win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the French Open.

"I just wasn't ready to have anyone. I was kind of just going with the flow and just taking every day one step at a time, just enjoying it and just trying to play."

But that approach produced up-and-down showings, with Kyrgios breaking into the Top 15 and winning three titles but also experiencing some lackluster defeats. The low point was a match at last year's Shanghai Masters, in which Kyrgios gave hardly any effort in—a display he was eventually suspended for.

"It's time now to knuckle down, I guess," said Kyrgios. "[Grosjean has] been there and done that."

The talented but volatile Australian has been more consistent recently, scoring some big wins this season, including two over Novak Djokovic. He also pushed Roger Federer to three tiebreakers in a classic encounter at the Miami Open.

Grosjean has been helping Kyrgios for a few months, but was formally designated as coach about three weeks ago. The pair first began working together at Chris Evert's academy in Florida, where Kyrgios' girlfriend, Ajla Tomljanovic, trains. 

Kyrgios was at the academy following the Australian Open, where he would hit with Grosjean.

"I thought he was really laid back, he just gave me a couple tips every now and then," he said. "I just felt comfortable with him around. I didn't feel like he was trying to get an inroad into my team."

Kyrgios added he likes that Grosjean is "the type of guy that cares about my well-being first" and "knows I need my space at times," something he had previously said he was looking for in a coach.

"I was kind of just looking for the right person to guide me and keep me on track," Kyrgios said. "I don't feel like my level is a problem. It's more about being consistent and obviously just finding that motivation every day."


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