Nick Kyrgios not maximizing potential disappointing for tennis: Tim Henman

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019 | 0

Former British tennis player Tim Henman has lashed out at controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios for not living up to his talent.

Kyrgios made the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. After going on a rant about star players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he was disqualified from Italian Open for throwing chair on court before claiming the French Open ‘absolutely sucks’.

“I think when you look at Kyrgios, first and foremost you’re looking at him as a player,” Henman told

“The question it comes back to is: what is success? How do you quantify success? It’s very easy in sport to look at it as winning and losing and that’s probably not the best way. I think the way you quantify it is maximising your potential.

“So is Nick Kyrgios maximising his potential? My opinion is no, he’s not. That’s, first and foremost, most disappointing for him but I think it’s also disappointing for tennis.

“I think there is a character but there’s an enormous talent. I want to see him get his head down and concentrate on what he’s doing and then play the tennis he’s capable of more often.”

Meanwhile, Kyrgios has had a disappointing clay season so far. After losing in the first round of Madrid Masters (to Jan Lennard-Struff), he couldn’t go beyond the second round at Rome Masters.

The 24-year-old will hope to turn things around at the prestigious French Open that is scheduled to get under way on Monday. He will take on Britain’s Cameron Norrie in his opener.  

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