Elbow forces Kyrgios to withdraw from the French Open Australia's Nick Kyrgios has earned rare praise from tennis great Andre Agassi.
Elbow forces Kyrgios to withdraw from the French Open Australia's Nick Kyrgios has earned rare praise from tennis great Andre Agassi.

Kyrgios lauded by Agassi ahead of injury comeback

NICK Kyrgios returns to singles competition in Stuttgart this week accompanied by Andre Agassi's ringing endorsement as a rare - and as yet - unfulfilled talent.

Agassi says Kyrgios is so gifted he could successfully execute four separate game plans - in one match.

But the former world No.1 American cautioned Kyrgios first needs to regain full health and consider a replacement as coach for Sebastien Grosjean before he can peak.

Sidelined from singles action since April, Kyrgios has struggled with right elbow soreness.

The Australian has a first-round bye at the Mercedes Cup before taking on German opposition - either French Open revelation Maximillian Materer or Peter Gojowcyz.

"I think he's one of the best talents to step on a tennis court," Agassi said at the Longines Future Tennis Aces event.

"I think what he does with it (talent) is a function of investing in his body and getting that right because he's too young to be worried about this (injuries).

Nick Kyrgios has been praised as a rare talent by Andre Agassi. Pic: Getty
Nick Kyrgios has been praised as a rare talent by Andre Agassi. Pic: Getty

"Making sure he does that going forward is important because there's a lot of wear and tear over the years.

"And then hopefully find someone (a coach) who can give him some great guidance on how to fulfil that talent, somebody to work with, you know, is also important.

"There's too many things that make up who a player is but, man, if you put the way I think on a tennis court into Nick's ability, I feel like you could have four game plans.

"And that speaks volumes to what his skill level is."

Struggling with injury has been a regular issue for Kyrgios. Pic: AFP
Struggling with injury has been a regular issue for Kyrgios. Pic: AFP

Asked what world No.23 Kyrgios needs to address to exploit his potential, Agassi said: "I think you have to start with health, right?

"I don't know the status of his body. He's a big guy, big game and if something hurts, it can hurt pretty good.

"I don't know what's going on with his elbow, but if he's healthy I give him a chance on every surface."

Asked if he would consider coaching Kyrgios, Agassi said: "I don't know if I could help get him there, I'm just simply saying there's so much he could do on a tennis court and it would be a shame if we don't see it."

Tennis legend Andre Agassi worked with Novak Djokovic. Could he help Nick Kyrgios?
Tennis legend Andre Agassi worked with Novak Djokovic. Could he help Nick Kyrgios?

Agassi worked with Novak Djokovic until March.

Kyrgios will partner American Jackson Withrow in doubles in Stuttgart, where Roger Federer begins his surge towards a ninth Wimbledon title.

John Millman will play Argentine Guido Pella in the first round.

 

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