American tennis great Jim Courier believes Nick Kyrgios has reached a turning point in his career and the young Australian’s on-court stability this summer shows his best tennis is still to come.
The former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion heaped praise on the 22-year-old for his ability to change his behaviour.
Courier, who is commentating for Channel Seven throughout the tournament, also says the Australian public can afford to be more patient with Kyrgios, given how long he has left in his career.
“I think this whole Aussie summer feels like it’s been a pivot point for him, it seems like from my very outside position that he’s in a really nice place in his life,” Courier told Fairfax Media.
“He’s got stability off the court and that’s maybe helping him being mentally stable on the court and he’s handling adversity in a better way … and that is maturity.
“Players are playing much longer careers these days, well into their 30s, so he’s very much in the beginning phase, the beginning third of his career.
“It is important sometimes to take a 10,000 foot view, for everyone to take a step back and say; look, this guy is learning a lot, he’s under the microscope, he’s made mistakes and he’ll make more but hopefully he will learn from them.”
Kyrgios will feature in most of the most-awaited matches of his career when he confronts French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, one of his childhood heroes, before a packed Rod Laver Arena crowd on Friday night and a large TV audience.