OPINION: Talent taken for granted

THERE'S no doubt Nick Kyrgios can swing a racket, but what he can't do is exactly what Rocket Roger did on Wednesday night.

It was interesting to hear, during Kyrgios' post-Wimbledon-loss sulk earlier in the week, that he didn't have a coach and "didn't love tennis".

Gee whiz, I know the young fella is all of 21 years of age, but that's the kind of thing you expect to hear from a seven-year-old after a bad loss down at the local footy ground.

While I don't think it's time for Nick to pack up his ball and go home just yet, I think he does need to look at someone like Roger Federer for a bit of inspiration.

Kyrgios has all the makings of a fine player - the shots, the confidence, the height - but he lacks the wise head and the guts that has propelled champions like Federer and Novak Djokovic to the top.

I remember when Djokovic used to throw in the towel too - but those days are long gone and he's a 50% better player for it.

Perhaps the great Roger can become Kyrgios' mentor or coach some day, or perhaps this angry young man can grow up and not take his ability for granted.

We will see.



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