After Embarrassing Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios Ready to Crash Top 10 in Tennis Rankings
By Justin Noel Cudaihl | July 29, 2014 6:06 PM EST
Nick Kyrgios defeated Rafael Nadal in convincing fashion at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. The 19-year-old Australian is looking to build up on the big upset win and reach a Top 10 ranking in tennis according to his new coach Todd Larkham.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014.
"I'm confident he will consistently play top 30 tennis and I think he'll keep winning matches,'' Larkham said via The Age. "For the first time in a while, there's no limit. There's no reason that he couldn't be top 20 or top 10 at the end of the year.”
The 40-year-old Larkham will be part of the coaching team of the Australian teenager along with Josh Eagle. Both Larkham and Eagle represented Australia in international matches as ATP professionals.
If Kyrgios’ recent Wimbledon performance is any indication, the rise in the ATP world rankings is all but expected for the Australian who has only logged in 15 matches in his professional career.
The Aussie has more losses (8) than wins (7) but his biggest victory came against the popular Nadal, who was ranked no. 1 during the Grand Slam at the All-England Club.
Kyrgios beat Nadal in just four sets, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the Round of 16 but fell to Canada’s Milos Raonic, in four sets, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the quarterfinals.
Delivering big upsets in London, the Canberra-native is now ranked as no. 69 in the current ATP rankings—not bad for a player who just turned pro in 2013. The teenager now also has roughly $619,465 in career winnings.
The Australian will participate in the 2014 Rogers Cup in Toronto from August 2 to 10 as part of his preparation for the 2014 US Open late in August.
"I've broken through and I'm still young, but there's a bit more expectation now about how you're going to go at tournaments. Pressure has worn off, I feel more relaxed on the court. I feel freer, I've got a bit more confidence. I've still got a massive way to go," said Kyrgios in the same article.
Kyrgios has a coach that believes in his talent and he now has the confidence needed to bring down even the best players of the world like Rafael Nadal.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- NFL MNF: Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Houston Texans 23 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
MySQL server has gone awaySELECT latest_id FROM site_artdata WHERE type='ib_articles_day2ago' MySQL server has gone awaySELECT tid as num FROM biztimes_stats.stats_articles_au_pop WHERE maincat_id='26' AND outkey='Y' AND tid> ORDER BY hits DESC LIMIT 15MySQL server has gone awaySELECT article_id as num FROM ib_categories_index WHERE tid=26 ORDER BY article_id DESC LIMIT 5
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- ASUS Releases A Teaser Indicating The Arrival of New Zenfone and ZenWatch On October 28
- Boy Stoned To Death For Alleged Rape, Victim Receives Dowry From Militants
- Three Dual SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos Variants Comes To China
- Russia is Creating Underwater Combat Robots to Protect its Arctic Territories
- ‘Lone Wolf’ Attack on Canada Parliament Hill Could be ISIS-Related
- Android Lollipop 5.0 Confirmed for Nov 3 Rollout as Nexus 6 Global Release Date is Delayed – Reports