Kyrgios Makes Coaching Changes
14 July 2014 | 6:07am
GSC’s Nick Kyrgios has announced he has made changes within his coaching team following his recent quarter final appearance at Wimbledon. The young Australian who was previously being coached by Kiwi Simon Rea has appointed former doubles star and current Australian Davis Cup Coach, Josh Eagle alongside Kyrgios’ former coach and long time mentor Todd Larkham.
Speaking on his own website www.nickkyrgios.org Nick stated that the decision was one that had been made prior to the French Open “This decision is something I have made myself and was decided and conversed to everyone prior to the French Open and in light of my recent success it is obviously not a decision I have taken lightly.”
The reason behind the change is one made up of a desire to be nearer his family back in his native Canberra, with Kyrgios adding “My desire to be at home more in Canberra, when I am not at tournaments has driven me to make the decision for change within my team. Josh Eagle will be overseeing my tennis as my coach both on the road and in Australia, with Todd Larkham running things from Canberra although I hope I can travel with them both at key events. My strength and conditioning will continue to be organised and delivered by AK (Aaron Kellett).”
Looking back on his working relationship with Simon Rea, Nick had nothing but praise and thanks for his former mentor “My deepest thanks go to Simon Rea who has been nothing but a steady, calm and positive influence on me. My time with Simon was an incredibly special time for us both and I learned and achieved a lot thanks to Simon and I will be forever grateful for his input and drive to improve my game. We both knew going in to Wimbledon that it would be our last event working together and in some ways, to sign off with a quarter final appearance was a special reward and a fitting end. Not only is Simon a great coach but he is a great person and I wish him all the best in the next phase of his coaching career.”
The next stop for the high flying Aussie is the ATP 1000 event in Toronto, followed by the ATP 1000 event in Cincinnati.