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Is Kyrgios About To Revolutionize Tennis?

By Scoop Malinowski

Nick Kyrgios is cruising along, quietly posting up excellent results. Nobody expects anything major from Nick at this point, there have been too many false alarms and injuries and tanked results.

But what if Nick is as sly as a fox? What if he’s softened everyone up to expect the next crash or tank but this time he’s going to show us all the real, ultimate mature model of Nick Kyrgios, the one we’ve been frustratingly waiting to see for years?

Semis last week and another 76 in the third loss to Federer in Stuttgart, the clear favorite to win Wimbledon. Another win streak in Queens, another semi (Cilic next after beating Lopez today). Kyrgios could be plotting his secret coup of Wimbledon.

Maybe just maybe this is the moment we have been waiting for, when Nick Kyrgios has decided to make his biggest, best effort to win a major.

It’s the right time. He’s just about dead even with Roger on grass and he’s beaten Rafa. Djokovic is still a question mark. Cilic is a threat but Nick beat the Croatian in the Marseille final two years ago in straight sets, their last meeting.

This could be the the long awaited Nick Kyrgios Grand Slam explosion. The Real McCoy this time.

Nick is playing superb tennis. He’s at the top of his game, so confident that he’s even adding in his trademark tweeners and trick shots every chance he gets and they are working. It’s like Muhammad Ali doing his Ali Shuffle and showboating tricks. Super athletes who do these showboat tricks are supremely confident in their form that they feel they can do anything.

Kyrgios absolutely has a very good chance to shock the world in London this year. He’s long overdue.

If he does win Wimbledon, can you imagine the impact it would have on the younger tennis generations? Can you imagine all the kid players who will copy and imitate and be inspired by Nick’s showboating style of play?

It could alter the sport and commence a new era. If Nick can somehow conquer Rafa and Fed it would show the world that slacker, casual, show off tennis, if performed properly, is superior to even Federer’s genius art and Rafa’s ultimate blue collar/hard work methods. Kyrgios winning Wimbledon would prove to the world that showboat hot shot tennis is the best way to play, and you can even win Wimbledon with it.

It could spark a revolution of how tennis is played. The nuts and bolts, x and o, grind it out tennis could be replaced by a new system. The Nick Kyrgios system.

Frankly, I would like to see this revolution take place. Everybody loves a rebel who comes in and shakes up the status quo.

Tennis is overdue for some major upheaval, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have ruled with their iron fists for a few years too long. It’s time for a new King to overtake the throne.

Is “King Kyrgios” finally ready? He’s as ready as he ever was, or even more so. The question is, Is tennis ready for a major shake-up?



  • Hartt · June 24, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Of course I was disappointed that Fed lost, Halle title no. 10 would have been great. But Borna Coric played so well that he deserved the win. I wondered if he could keep up his good level, and he did.

    Felix lost in the Blois Challenger final to Scott Griekspoor, but he had a good run, I think it was winning 9 matches in a row. I hope he takes next week off, he needs to have a break. He is now ranked No 151, a career best.

    Petra, of course, came through. She is having such an amazing season.

  • Hartt · June 24, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Nick Kyrgios was fined 15,000 Euros for making an obscene gesture during his last match.

  • catherine · June 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hartt –
    I watched the whole of Petra’s match after it was over and although she won easily in the final 2 sets she wasn’t overpowering. Someone commenting mentioned her asthma which could be a problem – it’s very hot in England at the moment, high pollen, and the forecast is for this to continue for at least another week.Not good for asthma and allergies.

    And no one wants rain at W’don but if it’s too dry the courts get shiny over the fortnight. Happened in 1976.

    Nick’s such an idiot.

  • Joe Blow · June 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Kozlov now in the 240’s..waiting for Scoop to tell his dad to dial 1 800 Spadea…lmao

  • catherine · June 24, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Pleased to see Tatjana Maria win v Sevastova in Mallorca. I really like her all court game which works so well on grass.

  • Hartt · June 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Someone posted a video clip of Tatjana Maria with the trophy, and her husband and daughter beside her. It was charming, and she looked so thrilled.

  • Joe Blow · June 24, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Just saw the Kyrgios vid. Was he was doing it at his box, isn’t his mother sitting there? Goes to show, when the kid is the family breadwinner, he can act out any which way

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Fed losing is not a surprise, he hasn’t played at the level he was at one year ago in Miami and IW, this year he was clearly lower than 2017. 37 is 37. Coric has been better and emerging the last six months.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Tommy Paul was in a Futures F in NC, most likely won the F against an unknown.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 24, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Kyegios goes out of his way to create controversy and drama, he’s another Dennis Rodman, OBJ.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 24, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Agassi is available right now for Kozlov too, but I think Agassi and Sock would be a good match. Fish Spadea Roddick Lipsky would be good for Kozlov.

  • catherine · June 25, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Angie you should follow Tatjana and change to a onehanded backhand and start slicing and chopping in time for W’don πŸ™‚

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 25, 2018 at 7:36 am

    The slice is a game changer. One of the players I talked with about Facing Safin said he was losing all the matches to Safin trying to hit big against him but then started slicing and it changed the whole rivalry and he won all the rest of the matches because of the slice. Elite player too. Slice works, especially Kerber’s lefty slice would be even more nasty.

  • catherine · June 25, 2018 at 7:50 am

    You should drop a line to Fisette Scoop. Tatjana’s slices had opponents bamboozled. Some of them had probably never seen it before. Sevastova’s face was a picture as she walked off court. She didn’t plan on losing that one πŸ™‚

    And Kerber has to wipe out the Disaster in Mallorca. Slice could win her points as she’s slowing down.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 25, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Catherine, it’s startling how few women players use the slice, or know how to hit it. I still remember the first opponent I played who had a very good slice, it was a Japanese lefty in a 4.75 league in about 1997, I lost 75 75. Just could not handle it. I’ve learned since that it’s better just to avoid their slice and play to their usually weaker forehand. I’ve also noticed how many good female players I play don’t like slices, it annoys them. They are not used to it. Kerber should be able to hit a good slice and deal with one, she’s a former no. 1. Another sign that women’s tennis is inferior to men’s … and that John McEnroe’s slice would thoroughly destroy you know who in a battle of the… oh wait, I just remembered, we can’t go there anymore πŸ™‚

  • Hartt · June 25, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I just watched the decider of the match between Donaldson and Fritz in Eastbourne. Jared won it in a TB. Both guys hit a lot of aces, think it was 11 for Jared and 14 for Taylor but, outside of that, neither was particularly impressive. I couldn’t find stats for UFEs, but both players seemed to be making a lot. Jared was a little steadier overall. So he will play Shapo in the next round..

  • Hartt · June 25, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Further to women players and the slice, Vinci was another who used it effectively, for example, in her famous win over Serena.

  • catherine · June 25, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Slice went out of the window for women when 2 handed bhands and the power game came in. Only a few exceptions. Vinci one, as Hartt points out.

    All comes down to coaching I suppose. Young players are impatient – they want to flail away with topspin most of the time. Slice doesn’t look spectacular.

    Slice works so well on grass. You’d expect any ambitious W’don player to have it in their armoury.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 25, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Hartt, just imagine what the McEnroe slice would do to … oops, can’t say her name. Don’t want to hype up a Battle of Sexes sequel πŸ™‚ Donaldson vs Fritz promised to be a very close, even Sloane Stephens type match. Kozlov vs Dustin Brown in Wimble qualies.

  • catherine · June 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

    For heaven’s sake Scoop, we don’t even know if Serena (yes, that’s her name) is going to get past her first match at W’don or even continue playing. You’ll have to find a substitute.

  • Duke Carnoustie · June 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Joe Blow is right. Cilic has an absolutely stunning wife. She was smart to jump on board with him.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 25, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Kozlov Krushes Dustin Brown 63 61 in 50 minutes at Roehampton.

  • Hartt · June 25, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Cilic was the smart one to marry such a remarkable woman. They dated for 10 years before marrying, so she did not “jump on board with him.”

    Kristina Milkovic is a psychologist with 2 Masters degrees, one in political science and one in psychology. She works for a major bank in Zagreb. She is fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Italian. She is beautiful, it’s true, but she has a lot more going for her than her looks.

  • Duke Carnoustie · June 26, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Wow even better for Cilic.

    It is true I have never met a fan of Cilic in my life. I find his interviews quite interesting and he seems to be bright as well so I am sure her smarts have influenced him.

    The women also tend to hit flatter strokes so it’s impossible to compare men’s and women’s tennis since the shots they hit are so different.

  • catherine · June 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Duke – I don’t think anyone here was comparing men’s and women’s tennis, except maybe Scoop in his efforts to promote a Certain Event. I’d certainly never compare them, not directly.

    Women do hit with plenty of spin – not as powerfully as men obviously. I don’t see too many flat ground strokes at the top level.

    But they could slice more πŸ™‚

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