Last Updated on September 6, 2022
Renowned for his hot temper and bad boy behavior on the court, often arguing with umpires, spectators, and opponents, player that has received more fines for his temperamental on-court controversial actions than any other player in ATP history is Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios.
Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios was born 27th April 1995 in Canberra, Australia. His father George is of Greek origin and is self-employed house painter and his mother is from Malaysia, former member of the Selangor royal family and works as a computer engineer. Nick started playing tennis since he was seven, also played basketball in his early teens before deciding to focus solely on tennis when he was fourteen years old. He received a full scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he was able to further develop in tennis. Nick played his first junior match at age of 13 and won his first ITF junior tour title in Fiji, aged 15. At Junior Grand Slams he won three titles in doubles and one singles title. He turned pro in 2013 and his tennis idols are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.
Who Is Nick Kyrgios’s Current Coach?
Nick is one of the top-level tennis players on the ATP Tour who doesn’t have a coach.
“I would never put that burden on someone. I watch a lot of tennis and I know my opponents’ weaknesses well. I feel like no one knows my tennis better than I do. I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and now, I don’t need someone to tell me what to do. Maybe I just need reinforcement on my staff, someone to give me some peace of mind. For me, tennis is very simple, great serve and then I use my instinct later, that’s what works.” said Nick in an interview during his run at this year Wimbledon where he reached his first Grand Slam singles final.
In his team are physiotherapist William Maher and his hitting partner Matt Reid. John Morris and Carlos Fleming are his agents and managers who look after the commercial side including his endorsements and deals off the court. Will Maher is director and physiotherapist at Accelerate Physiotherapy and is working with Nick since 2015. Matt Reid (32) is Australian tennis player who turned pro in 2009 but didn’t win any title on the Tour. He has won titles at Challengers and Futures tournaments, mostly playing in doubles. In 2017 Nick asked him to join his team and promised they would play doubles together where possible. Since then, he is Nick’s hitting partner.
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Nick Kyrgios’ Past Coaches
Nick’s first coach, during his junior and early professional career, was a former Australian tennis player and at that time ACT national academy coach, Todd Larkham. Larkham worked with Kyrgios for seven years during his junior career, since Nick was ten years old.
Todd Larkham ( was born on 13th October 1974 in Canberra, Australia. He grew up at the Hawker Tennis Centre in Canberra. His family has a long history of playing and coaching tennis. His father was recently inducted into the ACT Tennis Hall of Fame, whilst his brother has a distinguished coaching career and has recently been appointed as Head Coach of the Tennis Australia National Tennis Academy in Brisbane. As a tennis player he turned pro in 1993 and won only one singles and two doubles titles at Challengers, but didn’t have any success at the Tour. He started coaching in the ACT back in 2004.
Todd and Nick reunited in 2014 after Wimbledon and were together until 2015 Wimbledon. In that period Nick played his second Grand slam quarterfinal at Australian Open and reached ATP tournament final for the first time in his career at Estoril Open. Also he entered top 30 for the first time.
In 2012 Nick was coached by former Australian tennis player Desmond Tyson.
Desmond Tyson was born on 26th September 1965 in Griffith, Australia. He played mainly in doubles events. He won the boys doubles title in 1983 Junior Australian Open and during his pro career won few Challenger tournaments in doubles and reached World No.71. He retired in 1990 after which he worked as a tennis coach in Hong Kong for the territory’s Sports Institute. From 2003 to 2010 he was a national coach for the Chinese Tennis Association and since then he returned to Australia and works for Tennis Australia. He coaches Jordan Thompson, who under Desmond broke into the top 100. In 2016 he received a coaching excellence award for the high performance category at the Australian Tennis Awards.
Working with Tyson, Nick won the 2012 Junior French Open and 2012 Wimbledon in doubles, alongside Andrew Harris.
”It’s a real strength of Nick to be able to play the big points well, he plays by his instincts and doesn’t shy away from the big occasion. He’s a pretty confident young man, he backs himself to play the big points well, and goes out with an aggressive mindset which usually comes off.” Desmond said about his trainee back then.
In 2013 as he turned pro, Nick announced that has started collaboration with New Zealand tennis coach Simon Rea.
Simon Rea was born on 18th July 1982 in New Zealand. He had modest playing career with best ranking at world No.483. Then he started coaching and works for Tennis Australia. In 2013 received the 2013 award for Coaching Excellence. He is newly appointed Senior Manager Game Analysis for Game Insight Group.
Nick started the year when coached by Rea, ranked 838. He played his first professional tournament of the year at the 2013 Brisbane International and later he won Junior Australian Open in singles and Junior Wimbledon Championship in doubles. That year he also won his first Challenger at Sydney International with only seventeen. He ended the year with a singles ranking of 182.
“Obviously I’m going to take a lot confidence out off this. Still a long way to go, it’s a long journey, anything can happen, but right now I’m really happy,” Kyrgios said after winning his first Grand Slam junior singles title. “I’m just going to keep working hard.”
During 2014, he won three more Challenger titles at Sarasota Open, Savannah Challenger and AEGON Nottingham. Later at Wimbledon Championship where he entered by receiving a wildcard, he beat sensationally that time World No.1 Rafael Nadal, to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Following that performance, his ATP ranking rose to No.66. A week after that success Kyrgios and Rea split up.
“Not only is Simon a great coach but he is a great person and I wish him all the best in the next phase of his coaching career.” announced Nick when they part ways.
After second time split up with Larkham in 2015, Nick called on Lleyton Hewitt to assist him in a mentoring and coaching role in the lead-up to the US Open.
Lleyton Hewitt was born on 24th February 1981 in Adelaide, Australia. He had very successful tennis career, won 30 singles titles out of which 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon and 3 doubles titles including one Grand Slam at 2000 US Open. In November 2001, Hewitt became the youngest man to be singles world No.1 in the ATP rankings at the age of 20 years, 8 months and 26 days.
For the remainder of 2015 and throughout 2016 Nick was not having a coach. In May 2017 he hired former tennis player Sebastien Grosjean and worked together until the end of the season.
Sebastien Rene Grosjean was born 29th May 1978 in Marseille, France. He was considered one of the more popular players on the Circuit, lauded for his attractive, graceful style and classical skills. He was affectionately nicknamed ‘Big John’ by fans, a literal translation of his surname into English. During his playing career won four ATP tour titles in singles and five in doubles and reached his best ranking at World No.4. He retired in 2010.
For their time together Nick reached his first ATP 1000 final at Cincinnati Open and later that year he played another final at China Open.
Since the end of season 2017, Nick Kyrgios doesn’t have a coach.
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Nick Kyrgios’ achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Nick Kyrgios under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Todd Larkham||2005 – 2012 2014 – 2015||none|
|Desmond Tyson||2012 – 2013||2012 Junior French Open (in doubles) 2012 Junior Wimbledon (in doubles)|
|Simon Rea||2013 – 2014||2013 Junior Australian Open 2013 Junior Wimbledon (in doubles) 2013 Sydney International Challenger 2013 Sarasota Challenger 2013 Savannah Challenger 2013 AEGON Nottingham Challenger|
|Lleyton Hewitt||2015 – 2015||none|
|Sebastien Grosjean||2017 – 2017||none|