“People Don’t Give Nick Enough Credit”: Taylor Fritz Commends the Coaching Chops of Nick Kyrgios

Published 07/02/2021, 6:09 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Does Nick Kyrgios have a future as a tennis coach? Taylor Fritz sure reckons he does. Appearing live on Tennis Channel, Fritz was asked about an Instagram post by Kyrgios where the maverick Australian tennis star spoke about coaching the American at the Laver Cup. To that, Fritz acknowledged that Kyrgios had, indeed, passed on coaching tips to him at the Laver Cup.

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Currently ranked 40th in singles, the American added that people don’t give Kyrgios enough credit for his coaching chops. He said that the Aussie’s understanding of tennis is second to none and when it comes to strategizing and game plan, there isn’t a better person to fall back on.

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Taylor Fritz acknowledges taking coaching help from Nick Kyrgios at Laver Cup

Asked if Paul Annacone, former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who currently works with him, should worry now that Fritz is taking coaching help from Kyrgios, Fritz flashed a cheeky smile and said:

“People don’t give Nick enough credit when it comes to tennis and strategy. He is actually one of the smartest people I know, and he’ll talk about it all day… It’s actually really good talking tennis with him, he, honestly, really knows what he is talking about, as far as game plans and coaching stuff (go).” His comments drew a reaction from the Australian on Instagram.

Both Fritz and Kyrgios have reached the third round of the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 10, 2021 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. in action during his first round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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Kyrgios will play Felix Auger-Aliassime in R3 at Wimbledon on Saturday

The American opened his All England campaign with a four-set defeat of compatriot Brandon Nakashima. Setting up a second-round showdown with another country mate Steve Johnson, Fritz prevailed in five grueling sets. He will play this year’s Madrid champion Alexander Zverev for a place in the last-16 on Saturday.

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Kyrgios outlasted reigning Halle champion Ugo Humbert in an epic five-setter played over two days. 

He followed up his opening-round win with a straight-set takedown of Italian Gianluca Mager. The Aussie has drawn Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third-round fixture on Saturday.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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