Former world number one John Newcombe said he thinks Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic can both reach the top 10. In an interview with the Associated Press, Newcombe stated that he thinks Kyrgios and Tomic -- often proclaimed as tennis' bad boys -- could reach the upper eschelons of men's tennis if they took their games to the next level.
Ranked 30th in the world, Kyrgios' exuberant playing style makes him a threat on any given day if he is playing well, as shown by his quarter final showing at the Australian Open, runner-up showing in Estoril and his fourth round showing on the grass of Wimbledon. However, the Australian has a tendancy to lose his temper under pressure. This season, the 20-year-old was fined for tanking a game at Wimbledon, as well as for making personal comments directed towards Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal.
With that being said, Newcombe says that Australians want to see him shine on the biggest stages of professional tennis.
“Everybody is on his side,” Newcombe said. “He's definitely a Top 10 potential player, but all the other stuff has to go away because it doesn't happen when you're doing all the other stuff. Everybody's going to be watching and hoping that he does [succeed], and if he does, everybody's going to be on his side.”
Tomic ended his career-best season as the 18th best men's tennis player in the world, but his year was still filled with struggles, both on and off the court. Most notably, the 23-year-old was arrested in Miami during the summer, and was charged with resisting arrest. (Those charges have since been dropped.) Despite his struggles off the court, Tomic was able to successfully defend his Claro Open Colombia title in Bogota days after the incident. He also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, as well as the quarter finals of two ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Shanghai. However, the Australian has yet to beat anyone ranked inside the top 10.
Newcombe suggested that Tomic needed to improve his mobility in order to have a realistic shot of making the top 10. “He's probably happy with his fitness but for a guy his size, he has to be exceptionally fit in order to get his mobility moving around the court.”
“If he does that he can get in the Top 10.”