The succession from potential to achievement, or lack thereof, lies on the basis of each athlete’s judgment.
Perhaps no person higher represents that notion than Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios. One of the game’s most polarizing figures, Kyrgios enters a chapter of his career the place that transition should start to take form.
The 27-year-old’s expertise is plain. It’s the whole lot that surrounds Kyrgios’ expertise that threatens to impede his evolution to large-scale success.
Kyrgios has grown a popularity for dropping his cool, throwing on-court tantrums, and berating followers. He’s seen matches collapse via self-inflicted struggles and habits that forestalls him from persistently performing on the degree he’s succesful of.
Most not too long ago, in his second spherical U.S. Open win over Benjamin Bonzi, Kyrgios reproached the umpire about an alleged marijuana odor within the air, yelling “You don’t even want to remind anyone not to do it?… It was f–king marijuana. Obviously I’m not going to be complaining about food stuff.”
During the Wimbledon last in July — Kyrgios’ first-ever main last — he launched a tirade in opposition to a fan who he shouted “had about 700 drinks” and was “drunk out of her mind.” After profitable the primary set, Kyrgios crumbled after his tantrum and lost the subsequent three units. The fan is now suing Kyrgios for defamation, and it adopted Kyrgios being fined $10,000 for spitting within the route of a fan earlier within the match.
All of it was simply the most recent in a protracted line of comparable antics. Off the court docket, Kyrgios faces allegations of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Chiara Passari.
The solely factor standing in the best way of Kyrgios, is Kyrgios. Often, that’s the battle American tennis legend John McEnroe, iconic for his on-court rage, discovered himself enduring.
“Everyone is looked at like, how close to reaching your potential do you get, maximizing your potential,” McEnroe informed The Post forward of his documentary “McEnroe” airing on Showtime on Friday. “That’s always the goal of any athlete. All athletes have fear of failure. It’s how do you handle that?… In Nick’s case, as we all do, we all have fear of failure, it’s his way to try to take off some of the pressure. Unfortunately, at times, it’s not allowed him to compete to his best, he stopped competing.”
Kyrgios has admitted to tanking matches when he’s been bothered, significantly not too long ago, when he mentioned he’s “literally thrown tennis matches” when his favourite workforce, the Celtics, lose. Just as shortly as he dazzles followers with between-the-leg photographs, he unravels in disturbing style.
It’s clear Kyrgios’ feelings maintain back his efficiency. That concern of failure and inner-pressure, McEnroe defined from his personal expertise, manifests in misplaced anger towards others. How an athlete offers with these feelings usually dictates that elusive evolution from potential to achievement.
Kyrgios, nevertheless, is enjoying the most effective tennis of his career. He adopted up his Wimbledon runner-up end by profitable the Citi Open final month, flashing the jaw-dropping highlights that make him so intriguing. He’s cruised in his opening two U.S. Open matches, subsequent dealing with J.J. Wolf within the third spherical.
Kyrgios has all the flexibility he wants. To get to the stage of achievement, nevertheless, he solely has himself to play in opposition to.
“Fortunately, recently, it looks like he’s found a good spot in his life, and he’s doing a much better job at that,” McEnroe mentioned. “Nick moves the needle, he’s a great young kid. The players like him, the fans like him, he brings something to the table. He’s the most talented player that’s been out there in the last 10 years, bar none. So you want to see a guy like that maximize his potential. It would be a shame if he didn’t.”