Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios won the Wimbledon junior doubles title. Photo: Peter MacdiarmidHe’s won three grand slam junior doubles titles, but Todd Larkham believes Nick Kyrgios should give it up to chase a top 100 senior singles ranking by the end of the year.
Kyrgios ended his fine junior career in style by partnering countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis to the Wimbledon doubles title on Sunday night, beating French-Italian duo Enzo Couacaud and Stefano Napolitano 6-2, 6-3.
His doubles win adds to a sole singles title at this year’s Australian Open where he beat Kokkinakis in the final.
Despite his doubles success, former coach Larkham believes Kyrgios needs to shelve it if he is to secure a top 100 ATP Tour singles ranking.
”I’d like to see him concentrate on singles, and I think he will, at least for the next three or four years,” Larkham said on Monday.
”He’s not a supreme athlete so he needs to protect his body a little bit for the much higher intensity against men.
”I hope he focuses on playing a lot of senior events the next five months, and gets his ranking down before the Australian summer.
”If he cracks the top 100 before he’s 19 he’d probably be the youngest guy in there so it’s a tough ask, but I think he has the game to compete with the men.” Kyrgios is currently No.214 on the ATP Tour rankings.
Larkham is convinced his graduation from the juniors has come at the ideal time.
The 18-year-old beat veteran Radek Stepanek in the first round of the senior draw at the French Open, but then crashed out in the second round of the junior boys as the No. 1 seed.
He was bundled out of the Wimbledon junior singles draw in the second round, which Larkham credits to a lack of motivation.
”I really feel he wants to get out of juniors now and play the men’s events,” Larkham said.
”He just hasn’t got himself up for it at the French or Wimbledon, it’s the attitude, ‘I don’t want to be here, I want to be playing men’ which is understandable.”
Kyrgios told Tennis Australia’s website he rated it the ideal way to draw the curtain on his junior career. But now he has bigger fish to fry.
“I wanted to sort of go out on a high,” Kyrgios said. “Winning doubles at Wimbledon is something I’m probably never going to forget.
”We knew if we played our best doubles, serving well, volleying well, being aggressive and coming in … I thought we did that well today, and the result showed.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.