At his namesake tennis academy on Randalls Island on Wednesday night, John McEnroe hastily rearranged the schedule to have one of his invited guests, Nick Kyrgios, play doubles with him during a charity event.
âHopefully, I can teach him a thing or two,â McEnroe said before pausing and thinking twice about that. âOr hopefully, not teach him a thing or two.â
McEnroe â who back in his day was tennisâs leading man and most misbehaved boy â drew laughs from a group of reporters. But in a private interview, he conceded there was nothing funny about Kyrgiosâs recent on-court comportment.
âHe could be incredibly positive for our sport,â McEnroe said. âHeâs got a chance to be top five, win Grand Slams. But heâs rubbed people the wrong way and heâs going to get railroaded out of town if he doesnât watch out.â