Exclusive: Boris Becker impressed with Australian youngsters

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Boris Becker has revealed that he was extremely impressed with two of Australia's young talents at the Australian Open.

Becker believes the future of Australian tennis is a bright one as he lavished praise on youngsters Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, who both starred at the Open. 

The tennis legend, who won a number of Grand Slams in his career, believes the two youngsters have the potential to become world beaters in the future.

Becker told GiveMeSport: "I was very impressed with the two young Aussies: Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, 18 and 17 respectively. They are not only the future of Australian tennis but potentially, world beaters in the future.

"They have a wonderful tennis centre and system in place in Melbourne Park. They are the most modern facilities I have seen in my life! And Australia has such a great tennis heritage, it’s just a question of time before those boys reach the upper rankings of the world league."

Becker also discussed the weather conditions at the Open and insisted that the best players had to deal with the circumstances as it was the battle of the fittest. 

He continued by saying: "I think the top players are fit and they deal with the circumstances, the weather, the heat, very well. Yes, there were some upsets on the women’s side: Serena lost early, Maria lost early. But that wasn’t because of the weather. On the men’s side pretty much all the favourites got through to quarter finals, semi-finals.

"When I was playing we didn’t have the weather stops! In those days we didn’t have the umbrellas, we didn’t have the experts telling us it was bad for our health, playing in 40 degree weather. He just had to get on with it and everyone did the same. Survival of the fittest, I guess."

Becker, who was appointed Novak Djokovic's head coach in December, revealed that he enjoyed watching the world number two at the Open, but admitted he was often nervous when sitting in the stands. 

The former Australian Open winner revealed that he's no longer a neutral spectator and insisted that his focus is now on Djokovic.

When asked about which match he found most entertaining at the Open, he said: "Difficult one for me to answer because I am not a neutral spectator anymore. I watch matches because it is my job.

"I am Novak’s coach so whenever he is playing, I am enjoying it, at the same time I am nervous. I couldn’t pick out one in particular that was really entertaining." 

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