Tennis legend Andre Agassi has declared Nick Kyrgios one of the best talents in the history of the game and hinted the pair could make a formidable player-coach combination.
Kyrgios will return to action at the Stuttgart Open this week after he was forced to withdraw from the French Open on the eve of his first-round clash against countryman Bernard Tomic due to a nagging elbow injury.
Agassi cut ties with Novak Djokovic in March after assisting the former world-number-one in an informal capacity.
The American says he sees limitless potential in the 23-year-old Australian but believes Kyrgios must injury-proof his body and hire a coach in order to maximise his freakish abilities.
“I think he’s one of the best talents to step on a tennis court,” Agassi said per “I think what he does with it (talent) is a function of investing in his body and getting that right … and then hopefully find someone who can give him some great guidance on how to fulfill that talent, somebody to work with, you know, is also important.”
World-number-23 Kyrgios has a first-round bye in Stuttgart and will face either Maximillian Materer or Peter Gojowcyz in his return match.
Agassi stopped short of declaring he is the right man to coach Kyrgios to his full potential but believes his thought process on the court could help the Australian.
“I don’t know if I could help get him there, I’m just simply saying there’s so much he could do on a tennis court and it would be a shame if we don’t see it,” he said.
“…If you put the way I think on a tennis court into Nick’s ability, I feel like you could have four game plans … and that speaks volumes to what his skill level is.”