While he played this Sunday the first Grand Slam final of his career against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios is not unanimous in the world of tennis. The Australian has rightly received criticism from Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of Rafael Nadal.
Since his debut on the professional ATP circuit in 2013, Nick Kyrgios had never managed to climb to the final of a Grand Slam. It is now chosen, since he played last Sunday in the Wimbledon final, which he lost to world number 7 Novak Djokovic (4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3)) . But before succeeding in going to the end of a tournament of the Grand Slam, the Australian took very long years to get there. For a long time in the last decade, the one who is ranked at the fortieth place in the ATP rankings was considered as a great hope of tennis. Observers predicted a glorious future for him, among the best players in the world. Unfortunately for him, Kyrgios has never really succeeded in confirming the hopes placed in him, still not having won a tournament in the Grand Slamand far from the top 10.
The Djokovic clan’s incredible message to Nadal for Wimbledon https://t.co/24EQMnPudc pic.twitter.com/dWqJVSoiRQ
– le10sport (@le10sport) July 13, 2022
An atypical game
However, it is not the talent that is lacking in Nick Kyrgios. Fast, athletic, the latter is able to pull off spectacular shots from his racquet, offering a really powerful service and forehand. Unfortunately, however, the 27-year-old is not only noticed for his game. Kyrgios is regularly the author of gestures of humor or deviations in behavior, whether on the court or outside. Despite this, he managed to secure his place in the final of the most prestigious of tennis tournaments: Wimbledonby leaving certain ubiquitous points, whether by services under the spoon, or by designating oneself differently on the London lawn.
Toni Nadal does not validate Kyrgios’ way of playing
A game very different from other players, which earned him the criticism of a well-known figure in world tennis: Tony Nadal. The uncle and former coach of Raphael gave his opinion on how to play Kyrgios : “He has a bad habit of hitting too many balls in any way, basically carelessly and out of position. In today’s tennis, due to the speed at which the ball is going, there is no choice but to look for a good position to have good control. he said in comments reported by We love tennis.
“Tennis is a sport of repetition, rather than spectacular”
The current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime then added: “The great players (Federer, Djokovic, Rafael) measure their steps well, look for a good position and from there try to hit a good shot and increase the chances of victory. Nick Kyrgios, with his messy way of understanding the game, is handicapped not so much by what he does with the ball, but by how he wants to do it. It is very difficult for him to achieve the continuity that requires scoring points. Tennis is a sport of repetition, rather than spectacle”.