Australia’s Nick Kyrgios to stay coach-less in new season

Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a return during the men's singles final against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 8, 2017. (AFP)

Nick Kyrgios has sacrificed his love of basketball for more time in the gym to get fit for the Australian Open but sees no immediate need for the extra discipline of a full-time coach.

The 22-year-old Australian worked with Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean on a part-time basis this year but has yet to find a candidate with his “best interests” at heart, he told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday.

“I haven’t got a coach and I think I’m just going to go about my thing the same way that I did this year,” he said.

“I’ve pretty much done it all alone the last three years to get to a career high of 13.

“To bring someone on, it’s tough to know whether they’re just doing it for the sake of getting a bit of cash or rather have best interests at heart.

“I’m not looking for someone who has a big name or anything, it’s more trying to find someone who has my best interests and I can confide in.

“So far I haven’t really met anyone that meets those requirements. I don’t think I’m ready for a full-time coach just yet either.”

“I had so many niggles going into the Australian Open. I feel like I’ve done everything I can. I’ve still got a lot of time to kind of find my feet.”

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