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Nick Kyrgios confirms doubles specialist James Cerretani as new coach

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 4 Oct 2018
  • Kyrgios reveals new coach for Asian swing
  • The Australian will work with American doubles specialist James Cerretani for the foreseeable future
Nick Kyrgios (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has revealed American doubles specialist James Cerretani as his new coach for the end-of-season Asian swing.

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Kyrgios launched his Asian swing in Tokyo on Wednesday with a straight sets win over recent Shenzhen champion Yoshihito Nishioka, firing down 20 aces in a 7-5 7-6(3) triumph to set up a second round meeting with Richard Gasquet on Thursday.

Publicly declaring he had no interest in hiring a full-time coach multiple times throughout his career, Kyrgios has struck up a partnership with Cerretani - a 37-year-old American who has won four ATP doubles titles throughout his career, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 45 back in 2008.

Kyrgios told Australian publication The Courier Mail that Cerretani would be his coach for the Asian swing, however it’s unclear at this stage if the relationship will extend into next season.

“James is my coach now — you can quote me on that one,’’ Kyrgios told The Courier-Mail.
“We have been working for a while now, especially the last couple of weeks. We’ve been talking on the phone a lot (in recent weeks), but starting in Tokyo it’s the first week we have been working together officially. It’s going well.”

A controversial figure on the ATP World Tour since bursting onto the scene as a teenager when he stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, Kyrgios has proven his ability to beat the world’s best players, while his talent is undoubtedly high enough to win multiple major titles and to become a top 10 mainstay.



However, many pundits believe that Kyrgios needs a coach to help him harness his talent and show more discipline and dedication to tennis through stricter training regimes - and now it seems that the Australian could be about to go down that route.

Kyrgios famously told current Laver Cup coach John McEnroe that ‘he was dreaming’ when the American discussed the possibility of coaching the 23-year-old on a part-time basis last year.

The Kyrgios and Cerretani partnership got off to the perfect start against Nishioka at the Japan Open in Tokyo on Wednesday, with the 2016 champion set to face Gasquet for a quarter-final spot on Thursday.

“I’ve had success here before but I think the conditions are a little bit different to the last time I played this tournament — it’s a little bit faster this year. It probably suits my game a little bit more, Kyrgios said.”

Kyrgios has lost five of his seven previous meetings with Gasquet, although their last clash came back in 2016 at the French Open.


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