Novak Djokovic jokes about his age at the Australian Open
Tennis fans do not want to see Novak Djokovic coaching Nick Kyrgios, according to a poll of Express Sport readers. Djokovic jokingly offered to oversee the Aussie’s career and claimed they could win five Grand Slams together.
The Serb, a 22-time major winner, quipped that his sessions would come at a premium fee. However, he genuinely believes that he would help Kyrgios realise the huge potential he showed earlier in his career.
Fans are unconvinced by the offer, though, and a majority say they do not want to see Djokovic coach the Aussie. In a poll of Express Sport readers, supporters generally feel that Kyrgios would not win five Grand Slams with Djokovic as his coach.
An overwhelming majority of 68 per cent would not like to see the reigning Wimbledon champion coach Kyrgios. It proves that fans do not believe that the pair would win titles together and that Kyrgios should snub the offer.
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It comes after Djokovic said last month: “I would love to coach Nick Kyrgios. He would win five Slams with me, but it would not come cheap.” Kyrgios responded by saying they should just go for drinks instead.
Kyrgios and Djokovic have formed an unlikely friendship in recent years, helped by the former’s shock run to the Wimbledon final where he lost to the World No 1 last year. But the pair once shared a fairly toxic relationship, with Kyrgios once claiming he ‘couldn’t stand’ Djokovic.
Speaking in 2019, Kyrgios said: “I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger [Federer].
“For me personally – I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far – I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This whole celebration thing that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.”
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But Kyrgios’s backing of Djokovic over his inability to play in certain countries over his vaccine stance has seen their bond strengthen. Kyrgios recently admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for his rival.
“Although he has been saying bad stuff about me for years, he stood by me,” Djokovic said at Wimbledon last year. “When I was going through the most difficult period, he was one of the rare few people who spoke on my behalf publicly. I am very grateful for that.”
Djokovic, who turns 36 later this month, has struggled with injuries in recent months and was forced to pull out of the Madrid Open. He hopes to bit fit for the French Open before defending his Wimbledon title in the summer.
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