July 12, 2014 / 5:03 AM / 3 years ago

Rising Australian talent Kyrgios splits with coach Rea

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rising talent Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his split with coach Simon Rea to spend more time at his Canberra home, the Australian teenager said on Saturday.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi

The 19-year-old, who took Wimbledon by storm by beating then-world number one Rafa Nadal on the way to the quarter-finals, had worked with New Zealander Rea since winning the 2013 Australian Open junior singles title.

Governing body Tennis Australia will continue to have a heavy influence over the prodigy’s development, with Davis Cup coach Josh Eagle and Canberra-based academy coach Todd Larkham taking over in a tandem arrangement.

“My desire to be at home more in Canberra, when I am not at tournaments has driven me to make the decision for change within my team,” the world number 66 Kyrgios said in a statement.

“Not only is Simon a great coach but he is a great person and I wish him all the best in the next phase of his coaching career.”

Kyrgios plays his next tournament at the ATP 1000 in Toronto next month.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien

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