It might sound a bit odd to name a player outside of Top-20 in the world to be the savior of modern-day tennis but in the last couple of weeks, that is exactly what Nick Kyrgios has shown. Temperamental, moody, brash and maybe sometimes even disrespectful (ask Nadal) are the terms that are rightly used to describe Nick but at the same time, you just cannot deny that Nick brings eyeballs to the sport. He brings character, he brings free will and he generates interest because at times it seems even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do.
At a time when the sport of Tennis, whether we like it or not is starting to reel with the same old winners and is desperately looking for a fresh face, Nick could be the answer. To put things in perspective, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are still the favorites whenever a grand slam is around the corner and that has been the case for more than a decade now. Just to put things in perspective, Federer won his first grand slam 16 years ago and he’s still going strong while Nadal and Djokovic joined him a few years later.
As magnificent as these three have been, as complete as these three legends have been and as great an ambassador as they have been for the sport, what they’ve also done is to an extent take the variability and shock factor out of tennis. It’s very rare that we see a shock Grand Slam winner and it’s very rare that we’ve seen a new superstar emerge for a long time now. This is where Nick Kyrgios comes in.
At his best, he has shown he can be as good as anyone on the court and his personality is as polarizing as any on the court. Will he be a Roger Federer or a Nadal in the future? Highly unlikely, but he could be a Goran Ivanisevic, a character, a crowd favorite and on his day, a player as dangerous as any. Tennis loves players like these and at the moment with the sport still suffering from a lack of fresh face, Tennis needs a player like this who will bring people to court and who will polarize both ways.