Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash is open to a coaching role with Nick Kyrgios as the Australian young gun prepares to reshuffle his support team.
Canberra-born Kyrgios has revealed that he wants to relocate to his hometown in order to spend more time with his family while off-tour, casting doubt over the future of his 18-month partnership with coach Simon Rea.
The 19-year-old has been under the tutorship of Rea while living in Melbourne with fellow teenager Daniel Guccione, but a return to the Australian capital could see the Wimbledon quarter-finalist rearrange his coaching setup – and Cash has expressed his interest early.
The 1987 Wimbledon champion, currently working for CNN and BBC in commentary roles, has admitted he would find it difficult to pass up the chance to work with one of the brightest prospects in Australian tennis.
“I do talk to them (Kyrgios camp) and I’d be crazy not to consider that (coaching Kyrgios),” he said.
“He’s an exciting player, if he wants my help or he wants me to help pick a coach, I’m always at the end of the phone for him.
Cash has a proven record in coaching having previously guided Mark Phillippoussis to the 1998 US Open final where he was beaten by compatriot Pat Rafter.
Kyrgios was greeted by hordes of friends, family, supporters and media at Canberra airport on Sunday morning following his stunning week at the Championships.
Entering the tournament ranked No. 144 in the world, became the lowest-ranked player in 22 years to defeat the men’s No. 1 at a Grand Slam by knocking Rafael Nadal out in the fourth round in four sets, 7-6 (5) 5-7 7-6 (5) 6-3.
The 2013 junior Australian Open champion, who has previously trained one-on-one with Roger Federer, reportedly sparked a media frenzy outside his family home which kept his mother awake for more than 24 hours after his fairytale triumph over Nadal last Tuesday.
Kyrgios’ heroics in London saw him crack the world’s top 70 and gain many admirers along his path to the last-eight, where he lost to a fellow big-server in Canadian Milos Raonic for the second Grand Slam in a row 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
Renowned for his down to earth nature, the teenager enjoyed a low-key dinner with his family at a Malaysian restaurant to celebrate his spectacular run.
But despite pulling out of this week’s grass-court Hall of Fame Championships in Newport due to fatigue, Kyrgios will soon be separated from his family once again to prepare for the US Open in New York, which begins on 25 August.
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