Banned Kyrgios could quit without proper support: Cash

Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:59am EDT
 
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's tempestuous talent Nick Kyrgios has the potential to be a future grand slam champion but could just as easily be lost to the sport if he fails to get the support he needs, according to former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

The 21-year-old was suspended for eight weeks by the ATP on Monday following his second round exit at the Shanghai Masters where he clashed with fans, the chair umpire and walked off the court midway through a point against Mischa Zverev.

The ban can be reduced to three weeks if he sees a sports psychologist, which Kyrgios had committed to, according to Australia's tennis association.

"I wouldn’t be surprised (if he quit) but hopefully that’s not the case," Cash told local radio station 3AW.

"Anybody’s got the opportunity to walk away but if it’s not good for his health then I think he should do that.

"But with some good things in place for his health and wellbeing, and a revised schedule ... he can go out there and enjoy his tennis, which is what we want to see."

Kyrgios posted a lengthy apology online after his Shanghai meltdown, which came only days after he won the Japan Open, the third and biggest title of his career.

The 51-year-old Cash, a notable hothead during the early part of his career, said Kyrgios was "flat and exhausted" when he arrived in Shanghai and should never have played the tournament.   Continued...

 
Tennis - Japan Open men's singles semifinal match - Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan - 08/10/16. Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns the ball during the match against Gael Monfils of France.  REUTERS/Issei Kato