Nick Kyrgios has returned to physical health after his hip injury forced him to withdraw form Queen’s Club, Wimbledon and the Citi Open last week.
Our advice for him would have been to sit out the balance of the year, but as anyone knows, those who give advice to Kyrgios go mainly unheeded.
He completed an entire match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, beating Viktor Troicki quite easily, 6 – 1, 6 – 2.
Kyrgios appeared to be in good form all around. He focused intently throughout the match with Troicki and needed less than an hour for the win.
He does not claim to be totally recovered. “I’m feeling it all the time,” Kyrgios said. “It’s not something that is just going to heal. I can compete so that’s the most I can do at the moment.”
He may have been implying that he needs more intense treatment, perhaps surgery, followed by physical therapy, to get back to 100 percent health.
For his part, Troicki has been dealing with injury issues of his own.
Tennis fans are drawn to Kyrgios the way some are drawn to a train wreck. They never know if it will be the highly skilled, cool Kyrgios or the John McEnroe wannabee that steps onto the court on any given occasion. At his best, Kyrgios displays the level of talent that could easily see him winning all four of Tennis’ Grand Slams. At his worst, he goes through the motions and tanks.
If his latest coach, Sebastien Grosjean, has any true influence with the young Canberra native, he had best remind Kyrgios that Kyrgios is just 22 years of age and might want to consider calling time temporarily in order to preserve his future. For his example, Grosjean could lean on Rafael Nadal, who spent time away from the game due to wrist issues, and then came back to renewed glory at the age of 30.