TENNIS: Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe reckons Nick Kyrgios must employ a full-time coach if he is to fulfil his potential.
Speaking on the BBC, McEnroe said he was disappointed in how Kyrgios capitulated to a straight-sets defeat against 2013 champion and tournament favourite Andy Murray, and must look at employing a full-time mentor otherwise he would waste his “God-given talents”.
Kyrgios lost 7-5 6-1 6-4 in one hour and 39 minutes after going toe-to-toe with the home-crowd favourite for the majority of the first set.
But after he lost the opener, Kyrgios slipped away, with McEnroe again suggesting the 21-year-old didn’t try hard enough.
“This is not doing our sport any good,” he said in commentary.
“What’s he giving, 80%?
“This is Wimbledon, centre court; you’ve got to give 110% to try to get back into it.”
After the match McEnroe added: “I think this would be an important time for his parents to look him in the eye and people like Lleyton Hewitt, these are the people who have got to force him to look in the mirror.
“It’s a damn shame when he does this. It makes no sense whatsoever.
“He’s got to take responsibility for what’s going on.”
Kyrgios, too, realised he had let slip a chance of upsetting Murray and even going on to win the title.
“It was a good first set. The rest of the match was pretty pathetic,” he said.
“I was really comfortable out there the first set. I thought I was playing some really good tennis. I believed that I could win the match.
“As soon as I lost the first set, I just lost belief.”
Kyrgios has now been handed his own grand slam of sorts, losing to Murray in all of the major tournaments in the past year.
Fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic also endured a miserable day, losing in five sets to French 32nd seed Lucas Pouille.
Tomic, seeded 19, gave up a 4-2 lead in the final set to be beaten 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8 in two hours and 55 minutes and miss out on the last 16.
The Gold Coaster believed he had lost a huge chance of going further in the tournament.
“It was a chance for me possibly to maybe make a semi here at Wimbledon,” he said.
“I think I was to play quarter-finals against (Tomas) Berdych or (Jiri) Vesely.
“I felt whoever won the match against us has a chance to play for a semi-final in a grand slam. It’s a mistake that I made.”
Meanwhile, Roger Federer eased through to the quarter-finals with a win over American Steve Johnson 6-2 6-3 7-5.
Federer will next play Marin Cilic, whose opponent Kei Nishikori retired with a rib injury with Cilic leading 6-1 5-1.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also had an easier last 16 clash when fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet pulled out with the score at 4-2.
Tsonga will play Murray in the quarter-final.
Sam Querrey followed up his shock defeat of defending champion Novak Djokovic by beating French veteran Nicolas Mahut 6-4 7-6 6-4 to reach the last eight for the first time at a grand slam tournament.
He will face Milos Raonic after the Canadian fought back from two sets down for the first time in his career to beat Belgium’s David Goffin.
Serena Williams eased into her 12th Wimbledon quarter-final with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.
She will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a 6-3 6-3, who defeated Amercian Coco Vandeweghe.
Fourth seed Angelique Kerber will play Simona Halep in the last eight after a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of Misaki Doi.
Halep had a 6-7 6-4 6-3 win against American ninth seed Madison Keys.
Venus Williams, 36, became the oldest women’s quarter-finalist for 22 years after beating Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 6-4.
She will line up against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, a 6-2 6-4 victor over Czech 28th seed Lucie Safarova.
Dominika Cibulkova defeated world No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska to set up a quarter-final clash with Elena Vesnina.
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