John McEnroe, tennis’s first bad boy, says Nick Kyrgios needs help as he reacted to the Aussie’s wild ride at Wimbledon.
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said on Tuesday that controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios “needs Sigmund Freud” to deal with the “demons” in his game.
Kyrgios blazed a sometimes exciting and often controversial path to the All England Club final, where he lost final in four sets on Monday (AEST) to Novak Djokovic.
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A series of outbursts resulted in the 27-year-old man being fined and he was third-round challenger Stefanos Tsitsipas called him “angry” and a “hooligan”..
But there were some impressive and inventive strikes, not least in the final where he scored a total of 30 aces and 62 winners.
“This guy is a genius in the way he plays,” McEnroe told the BBC, adding that Kyrgios needed advice from the father of psychoanalysis.
“He needs Sigmund Freud to come out of the grave and somehow find a way to keep this guy alive for a couple of years because we could use him.
“It’s incredible, he helps us in tennis. We need that big time, but we don’t need him to try half the time.”
Off court world no. The 45-year-old, who admitted to “refueling” during matches, will also face a court hearing in Canberra next month in connection with ordinary assault charge.
“He’s a good guy, the players like him, he’s loved in the locker room, he does a lot of charity work,” McEnroe said in a softening tone.
“But he has demons, you know, in a way – we all have this fear of failure, and the question is how best to deal with it.”
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, has himself been no stranger to controversy in his career, often indulging in on-court theatrical pantomime in an attempt to improve his game.
“I’d say I’m proud of most of what I’ve done, but there are definitely moments when I’m like, ‘I didn’t have to do this,'” McEnroe said.
“It only made things worse and made more people angry at me or start booing me, so it didn’t help me.
“Maybe sometimes you let off steam. Obviously you see Kyrgios doing this all the time.”
The Australian received a code violation in Sunday’s final, during which he also demanded to remove the viewer, who, according to him, was drunk as well as started swearing in my box.
“How do you think his box feels when he yells at them? These are the people who love him the most, right?” McEnroe said.
“Unfortunately, the people you love the most, you take out on yourself because you feel closest to them. I think we can all relate to this. But if it wasn’t so sad, it would be kind of funny.
“So this part is, I hope he looks up and says, ‘I don’t have to do this with my dad or my girlfriend.’
“You know that he is sitting there and he is obviously being tortured in a certain way. (He’s) incredibly talented, very smart… a hell of a player when he wants to be.”
Originally published as ‘If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny’: McEnroe tells Kyrgios what he needs to hear