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Kyrgios urged to behave himself

2nd December 2019, 18:51 by Neil Foster

Australian tennis great John Newcombe wants compatriot Nick Kyrgios to behave properly during the Australian Open.

Kyrgios is current under a six-month ATP probation period due to his antics in Cincinnati and so a misdemeanour during the Melbourne Park showpiece, or any event leading up to it, will see a further sanction.

The 24-year-old faces a 16-week suspension and hefty fine if he steps out of line and Newcombe, 75, who won seven Grand Slam titles during his illustrious career, feels he must button his lip.

"I can't speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you," he said. "But I guess you've just got to learn to zip up."

The three-time Wimbledon champion also feels Kyrgios might struggle with fitness after his lack of action at the Davis Cup.

"At the Davis Cup he'd only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again, and when you've got an injury like that it's hard to go out and practise a lot," he added. "Leading into the Australian Open - five sets is a big ask for him."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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