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The Australian crashed out at Flushing Meadows after suffering a shoulder injury..

Nick Kyrgios says what everyone is thinking about his own career

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Nick Kyrgios offered yet another damning indictment of his current mental state and dedication to tennis after crashing out of the US Open in the first round.

The Australian has never been far from the headlines, and very rarely have those headlines been positive.

The man from Down Under has built up somewhat of a temperamental reputation and is capable of very vast and rapid on-court mood swings.

His first round loss to John Milman was no different.

After picking up a shoulder injury at the beginning of the third set, Kyrgios' mood descended into a tempest as his frustration showed.

The 14th seed angrily argued a code violation handed down to him by the chair umpire for swearing, before customarily smashing his racket to bits on the court after losing the third set, resulting in a point penalty.

Kyrgios was perhaps a bit too honest in his assessment after the game when speaking to reporters, who asked him if he would be continuing his relationship with coach Sebastien Grosjean.

"I'm not good enough for him," said the 22-year-old.

"He's very dedicated. He's an unbelievable coach. He probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.

2017 US Open Tennis Championships - Day 3

"I'm not dedicated to the game at all. He's helped me a lot, especially with training sessions. There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I'm not that guy."

Kyrgios was unsurprisingly disappointed with the injury after storming to the final of the Cincinnati Masters just 10 days ago.

The US Open represented an opportunity to salvage his 2017 in terms of results at major championships, where he has failed to make it past the second round in any of the first three.

Kyrgios marched off court to a symphony of boos having failed to place his broken racket back in his bag in an act that rather summed up the entirety of his career.

2017 US Open Tennis Championships - Day 3

Perhaps the most frightening part of the of the whole story was Kyrgios' nonchalant reply when asked if he wanted to become more dedicated to the game.

"Probably not, honestly not.

"In Cincinnati, I was not doing anything different. I was probably less dedicated than I was this week. I was playing basketball every day for two hours.

"I was going to get ice cream, getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated, and my shoulder starts hurting."

2017 US Open Tennis Championships - Day 3

Perhaps the young Australian should consider a move to the NBA then.

He is an unquestionable talent, but his mental fortitude is terrible. If he got that right, he would a formidable force in tennis, but unfortunately, it seems he is ok with headline attracting temper being in control.

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