Grand Slam Champion Nick Kyrgios? A phrase many in the tennis world may never wish to hear. However, the 20-year-old Australian looks set to make 2016 the year he reaches his first Grand Slam final.
His best chance of a last two showing (or potentially winning a major) may come on his home soil at the Australian Open. Last year this was where he put on his best showing, reaching the last eight of the tournament.
During proceedings, it looked very likely that he was going to cause a similar upset to what he produced at Wimbledon 2014 versus Rafael Nadal, however, he was stopped in straight sets by Andy Murray.
Now after a successful 2015, including reaching a career high of seed 25, he is looking towards the future and to continue his own personal progression.
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Maturity seems to be creeping in
Kyrgios has had a string of bad behaviour episodes on court in the past, leading to him being brandished with the nickname “tennis-brat”. Some of his past antics have included insults to world number four Stan Wawrinka, accusations of lacking effort in matches and loud outbursts of profanity.
This lack of sportsmanship resulted in suspension, multiple fines and exclusion from the Davis Cup team and Newcombe awards for 2015.
However, in 2016 he believes he is ready to focus solely on the tennis ahead, saying he has now mended his relationship with Wawrinka and vows to concentrate on his performances this season.
Given his previous behaviour, it is to be expected that Kyrgios will not have a long list of potential coaches seeking to mentor him.
However, with former world number one and two time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt taking up the role as Davis Cup captain and keeping a close mentoring relationship with Kyrgios, this could help the youngster succeed.
Roger Rasheed recently showed interest in working with the young Aussie, who is currently looking for a coach since splitting with Todd Larkham in June.
Kyrgios sees his edginess as a positive element in his game, claiming not to fear any opponent with his range of shots and ability to trouble the best in the game.
With victories already over Nadal, Roger Federer & Wawrinka, could 2016 be his year?
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