Australian tennis legend Pat Cash says Nick Kyrgios is “very hard to reason with” and adds the 27-year-old can win Wimbledon because this year’s Wimbledon is “a weak tournament.” After Kyrgios defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a very heated third round meeting , Cash unloaded on his fellow compatriot as he said: “He’s brought tennis to the lowest level I can see as far as gamesmanship, cheating, manipulation, abuse, aggressive behaviour to umpires, to linesmen.”
Since the start of the season, Kyrgios has been accompanied at tournaments by his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi. Kyrgios has been playing extremely well throughout the entire season and Cash thinks it’s the 27-year-old’s girlfriend that is playing a big part in his Wimbledon run .
“I used to know Nick pretty well as a junior, but I haven’t spent a minute with him over the last few years,” Cash told the BBC Radio, per Tennis365. “By all reports he is very hard to reason with, but maybe there is somebody in his team, maybe it is his fiancé or girlfriend that says ‘Nick it is okay buddy, you can beat everybody here by playing your tennis.
Your tennis is good enough.'”
Cash: Kyrgios can win, this is a weak Wimbledon
En route to reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Kyrgios defeated Tsitsipas, Paul Jubb, Filip Krajinovic and Brandon Nakashima. Should Kyrgios beat Cristian Garin next, he’d likely face Rafael Nadal in the semifinal.
Matteo Berrettini was considered as the top favorite to come out of this part of the draw but he pulled out after testing positive for COVID. “He has proven he can beat everybody, the issue with Nick always is whether he can back it up day- after-day.
The issue has not been whether he can beat the best players in the world, he has proven he can do that, but it is whether he can do it match after match. You have to win seven matches to win this title and you have got to be focused for seven matches,” Cash added.
“He is down to the last three and it is a pretty good draw. That is the juiciest draw you could possibly get. We know this is a weak tournament, we know why, and there are some illnesses being thrown in there as well. I think all the players out there feel they can win”.