Kyrgios may quit without support: Cash

MELTDOWN: Kyrgios, who


    Oct 19, 2016

    Kyrgios may quit without support: Cash


    AUSTRALIA'S tempestuous talent Nick Kyrgios has the potential to be a future grand slam champion but could just as easily be lost to the sport if he fails to get the support he needs, according to former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

    The 21-year-old was suspended for eight weeks by the ATP on Monday following his second-round exit at the Shanghai Masters where he clashed with fans and chair umpire.

    He walked off the court midway through a point against Mischa Zverev.

    The ban can be reduced to three weeks if he sees a sports psychologist, which Kyrgios had committed to, according to Australia's tennis association.

    "I wouldn't be surprised (if he quit) but hopefully that's not the case," Cash told local radio station 3AW.

    "With some good things in place for his health and well-being, and a revised schedule... he can go out there and enjoy his tennis, which is what we want to see."

    Kyrgios posted a lengthy apology online after his Shanghai meltdown, which came only days after he won the Japan Open, the third and biggest title of his career.

    The 51-year-old Cash, a notable hothead during the early part of his career, said Kyrgios was "flat and exhausted" when he arrived in Shanghai and should never have taken part in the tournament.