As Nick Kyrgios stumbled out of the Australian Open to Italian Andreas Seppi, may people in the Tennis world began to question his commitment level. As talented as he is frustrating, the young Australian has long be lauded as the next big name in tennis. He is on every billboard and every time that the idea of the next generation comes up in conversation, his name is always one of the first ones spoken. While some people may say that Kyrgios is good for the sport because it reminds them of the days of Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, something these players both had that he did not is fighting spirit.

Kyrgios’ me against the world attitude is beginning to run thin and if things do not change quickly, he could up on the list of wasted talents.

Kyrgios doesn’t love tennis

In a game that literally has the word love in the scoring, Kyrgios seems to hate every second that he is on the court. While I am sure that incredible amounts of money and the travel to amazing cities would be hard on anyone, Kyrgios has blatantly stated that he does not love the sport. After losing at Wimbledon last year to Andy Murray, he stated that he prepare for the match by playing video games. When playing at Wimbledon, (which is viewed by many as the most important tournament in the world) you would think that he would be more intense in his preparations.

He also stated that he does not love the game of tennis but does not know what else to do. Kyrgios is only in his early twenties but the way that he speaks about tennis is not healthy. As John McEnroe alluded to at last year’s US Open, if Kyrgios does not want to be out there, then can he leave. If you were to compare Kyrgios to someone like a Lleyton Hewitt, at his age, Hewitt was so pumped up and eager to learn as much about tennis as humanely possible.

That is the type of passion which he lacks.

No one wants to coach him

It is no secret that Kyrgios is in need of a coach. He cannot continue to play this brand of tennis and expect to stay at the top of the game for too long. The bigger concern is, who would coach him? Several legends of the past have been asked if they would consider coaching the Australian and they have all said no.

Kyrgios has stated that he has some people in mind but when you see someone waste their talent in such an unapologetic manner, it would be hard to bite your tongue. Kyrgios says that he needs someone that he can trust but as a coach, you also need someone that you can trust. If Kyrgios loses a lot of matches, it also reflects on you and your reputation. I’m fine with the bad boy persona but if you are going to go in that direction, then you have to back it up with results. McEnroe was an absolute terror on the court but he still managed to win a lot matches and his heart was never questioned. Kyrgios has all the tools to take over the mantel of Federer and Nadal but he seems reluctant.

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